Washington County Hospital has spent about $3 million on repairs and upgrades that could have been saved if its new hospital had been built on time, Washington County Hospital Vice President Mary R. Towe said.
The hospital has upgraded its emergency department, purchased monitoring equipment, and painted and refurbished rooms since September 2006, when it originally was scheduled to move from Antietam Street to a new building on Robinwood Drive. Court appeals challenging the hospital's right to build near Robinwood Medical Center have delayed the move.
"These are things that we have to do to keep up here that we'd rather not do," Towe said.
The hospital also plans to install power upgrades, wireless Internet and a second catheter lab at its Antietam Street facility. The upgrades are necessary, but cannot be transferred when the hospital moves.
"All of these things are already built into the new hospital," Towe said.