April 13, 2021
Wesley Medical Center will be asking patients and visitors to take an alternate route into the hospital beginning Wednesday, April 14, as it launches a new construction project that will block access through the hospital's existing main entrance on Hillside, as well the usual entrance from the visitor parking garage at Hillside and Murdock.
Instead, a new, covered walkway will link the visitor parking garage to a new temporary entrance just south of the Hillside main entrance. The entrance will be open from 4:30 am to 11 pm daily, but will be staffed 24 hours to grant as-needed access to patients and their families. COVID-19 screenings will be conducted as usual at this entrance, and assistance will be available for those with special needs.
Wesley's main admissions office will relocate to more closely accommodate patients entering through the temporary entrance, streamlining access to services throughout the hospital.
Relocation of the hospital's main entrance is part of Phase 1 of a larger project to construct a secure, dedicated women's lobby on the first floor of Building 3. The $11.6-million project will provide more controlled access to the women's hospital to increase security for the labor and delivery unit, neonatal ICU (NICU), neonatal special care unit (NSCU) and other sensitive areas, as well as provide a cosmetic refresh for the hospital's labor and delivery floor. It is slated for completion in 2022.
Phase 1 of the project, which includes the main entrance closure, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021.