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Salem Township Hospital Expansion Continues as Cardio Unit Moves Into New Facility

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Another department of Salem Township Hospital is ready to move into its new quarters as the 11-million dollar Phase II building and renovation project continues.  Hospital President Stephanie Hilton-Seibert announced to the hospital board on Wednesday construction is complete on the cardiopulmonary area.  She reports all they are waiting for is occupancy approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

"That will be a great addition because we'll be able to have one location for our cardio-pulmonary department" Hilton-Seibert said, "It will have its own waiting room and reception area, and it will have it's own stress testing and we're doing a lot of stress echoes...we're also performing pulmonary function tests, EKG's, halter monitors, and our sleep lab."

Hilton-Seibert says the new pharmacy is just a month or two away from completion, with mostly punch list items now being addressed.  She reports the new specialty clinic area may be ready sooner than expected.  

"We were looking at building both floors at the same time, but because of the weather, we focused more on the lower level--[but] thats great for us, because this allows us more space [to house specialty physicians], and we'll be able to branch back out" said Hilton-Seibert.

Hilton-Seibert says its too early to say when the new specialty physician clinic will be completed.  

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