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Sunday, November 2, 2008


On Monday, Project Platinum construction crews will begin demolition of the concrete canopy above the hospital's main entrance as part of a complete renovation that will provide a new, redesigned entrance to the facility. During this project phase, several changes will be instituted to ensure safety and facilitate patient services, which will continue uninterrupted. Changes will be marked with clear signage and will include:

The main entrance drive will be used only for drop-off of patients at the same day services/heart center/emergency department entrance.

The upper level of the two-story parking garage that is located across from the emergency department entrance will be available for short-term and handicapped parking only.

The current downhill exit drive will become two-way access for drop-off of patients at the outpatient entrance and pick-up of patients being discharged from the hospital. The upper level on this side of the two-story parking garage will be used for outpatient parking and longer-term parking.

Due to demolition of the canopy, through traffic will not be permitted along the main entrance drive to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.

Project Platinum is a $110 million investment by Wellmont Health System in Kingsport's largest hospital, a project of such sweeping scope that the city will be served by essentially a new hospital when all new construction and renovations are completed. Blaine Douglas, president of Holston Valley, expressed his gratitude for the patience and understanding visitors have demonstrated as the pace of construction has picked up.

"We appreciate everyone's understanding of some minor inconveniences so we can move steadily toward what will essentially be a new hospital," Douglas said. "These new construction phases of Project Platinum and changes in traffic flow make it more important than ever for visitors and employees to use sidewalks to ensure safety."

Also Monday, new bridge and roadway projects “which are joint projects between Holston Valley and the City of Kingsport“ will get under way and portions of Cassell Drive will be closed for approximately the next 10 to 12 months. Construction on those projects will lead to changing traffic patterns, including:

All traffic to the main hospital entrances must gain access from Ravine Road, as access to the front of the hospital from Holston Valley Drive and Cassell Drive will not be possible.

Access to Holston Valley's nine-story parking garage and the ETSU Family Physicians building will only be possible from Gibson Mill Road.