PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Construction starts July 7 on a two-phase construction project at Illini Community Hospital, but changes tied to the project begin Monday.
The parking lot at the northwest corner of the Illini campus and the west entrance to the building will close. The closing allows for a construction barrier to be built and provides safety for patients and staff.
Patients who usually enter through the west end of the building should use the main entrance at the front of the hospital. Volunteers and staff will help lead patients to their destination.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is planned at 10 a.m. Monday. The ceremony will be held at the west end of the Illini campus. A short reception will follow the ceremony.
The project will take approximately five months for each phase of construction.
When finished, the Illini Rural Health Clinic will be housed on the main campus of the hospital, and the consulting Physicians Clinic and Outpatient Services Department/Oncology will both have new, safer and specifically designed areas to serve patients.
During construction, patients and the public will see changes and interruptions to the normal traffic flow both outside and inside the hospital. There will be times of high noise levels, dust and minor inconveniences to normal routines at the hospital.
Illini officials will hold weekly meetings with the construction team, and updates will be available in local media and online at illinihospital.org.
More information about the construction project is available by contacting Illini President and CEO Kathy Hull at 217-285-2113, ext. 3803.