Crews 'swinging steel' as new NRH emergency department takes shape

Construction of Newman Regional Health's new emergency department is just about on schedule, both with the process itself and the overall budget.
Harold Blits, the hospital's facilities director, appeared on KVOE's Newsmaker 2 segment Tuesday for an update. He says construction is now about a week or two behind schedule simply due to extreme cold a few weeks ago. Construction has also come in under budget. Blits says savings will return to the hospital to add more services and state-of-the-art equipment.
Blits says this is a big week at the construction site because crews are starting to "swing steel."
Blits says this is an important visual aspect for both hospital staff and the general public because the earlier work didn't give a true sense of what the building may look like when construction is finished.
With at least half the hospital's admissions coming through the department and increasing numbers of patients the past several years, Blits says the time is right for an expansion.
The new emergency department should open to the public in about a year. It will feature 19 rooms, private restrooms, additional space for critical care and close proximity to the observational unit.