July 13, 2005
The recovery phase of the project is now underway, with spray foam insulation being applied this week. Metal siding will be applied to the surface, and that portion of the work should be underway in August. The tentative completion date for the entire process is mid to late October.
The upper and lower parking garages are still in use. However, due to the scaffolding near the front entryway, the Borough Bus no longer pulls up to the hospital's front door. The bus stop, with a shelter, is now located on Tongass Avenue at the base of the driveway.
"We recognize that this is a stressful time for all, especially patients and patient care staff in the medical wing," said Pat Branco, CEO. "Our top priority is excellent patient care and safety," he said.
Employees are doing as much as possible to boost morale. Posters and handouts for new patients describe KGH as "The Hospital in the Glad Bag", and employees send "Glad-grams" to co-workers - appreciative messages in zip-lock bags, containing chocolates or gladiolas - to help keep spirits up.
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