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Southwestern Vermont hospital gets go-ahead for expansion

December 25, 2020 GMT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont health care regulators have given the go-ahead for plans to expand the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, the hospital says.

The Green Mountain Care Board issued a certificate of need for the $26 million project. Construction is expected to begin in the spring. It’s hoped the project can be finished by the fall of 2023.

The hospital will include the renovation of 7,700-square-feet of building space and the construction of another 6,700-square-feet of space.

It will also create a new main entrance and relocate a number of departments.

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“Our current emergency department was designed to serve 12,000 – 13,000 patients per year, but it currently accommodates about twice that number,” said hospital president Thomas Dee. “Modernizing the Emergency Department will create a space equal to the highly skilled and compassionate care provided by our board-certified emergency physicians” nurses and support staff.