Coffey Health System has good news and bad news. The good news is improved patient privacy and safety. The bad news—albeit temporary—is that patients entering Coffey County Hospital and Coffey County Medical Center will be temporarily redirected to alternate doors. Signage will be in place to direct patients when renovations are underway.
Construction in both registration areas begins April 29 and extends through the first part of July. Coffey Health System has COVID grants to improve patient safety and privacy by reconfiguring admissions areas. Grant funds will also cover replacing carpets and aged tile floors throughout both areas with hospital-grade flooring.
At the hospital emergency room, upgrades are also underway in the patient exam rooms. Throughout construction, all emergency department services will be relocated to the southwest wing of the hospital.
“We apologize for this inconvenience to our patients,” said Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Hall. “To make these important renovations, we will relocate the entire emergency department to a patient wing in the hospital. These are major undertakings, the benefits in patient privacy and safety far outweigh the inconvenience of construction.”
When the detours begin, exterior signage will guide patients to the correct entrance. • Patients seeking emergency care will enter the southwest wing of the hospital (#200 wing) through a door on the south side. Ambulances will also bring patients through this location.• Coffey County Medical Center patients will enter through a door south of the current entrance.• Check-in for lab, radiology, or specialty clinic will use the hospital’s main entrance.
“We hope to minimize confusion by posting signs to help direct our patients to these alternate entrances,” Hall said.