Samantha Wheeler, For The Miami Student

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital is currently in the process of looking at how it might renovate or expand its main facility.

Faculty and staff on the project committee are looking at the functionality of many of its patient care service areas to improve the efficiency in those departments deemed to be of highest priority, according to Bryan D. Hehemann, president & chief executive officer.

The committee also said they want to improve patient satisfaction through “care flow” changes in certain areas.

The hospital completed its last major building expansion in 2003, impacting the front entrance of the building, the present oncology center, patient registration, same day surgery, allergy and immunotherapy services as well as its main medical-surgical unit on the second level, according to Hehemann.

Currently, facility improvements are being considered for the following: emergency department, laboratory medicine, specialty physician clinics, surgery suites, intensive care unit and accompanying areas like the cafeteria, education and conference rooms, cardiac rehab and the data center according to Hehemann.

“The Facilities Planning committee is still reviewing alternative ideas with an architect who knows the facilities extremely well because of his involvement with various projects over the last fifteen-twenty years,” Hehemann said.

Hehemann also said he would like to improve parking, cardiac rehab, kitchen and meal preparation areas and create more efficient office space for multiple administrative staff currently occupying old inpatient rooms.

“I am looking forward to completing the process and telling the public about our finished product,” Hehemann said.

According to Hehemann, the finalization of the improvement plans is still several weeks away.

Miami junior Aimee Cummins said she is excited to see the hospitals renovations and appreciates what they have done for the community.

“I visited McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital when I was very sick last semester,” Cummins said. “The staff was so accommodating and really made me feel comfortable. I would highly recommend their facilities to others.”

Because the hospital is still finalizing details on their plan, they are currently unsure of how much the renovations will cost.