Renovations mean changes at SVMC
BENNINGTON - Patients who use the connector between the hospital and medical office building will be asked to take an alternate route while the connector is closed for construction. Patients are encouraged to use the canopy entrance for all entrances and exits of the hospital. This may require that patients re-park between appointments in these two buildings. The closure is a necessary part of a significant renovation and expansion of the main entrance and emergency department. The connector is expected to remain closed until May 2023.
The canopy entrance is accessed using the second right turn for patients entering the hospital campus from Dewey Street. It is the preferred entrance for patients - including those using the emergency department, laboratory, imaging, surgery, endoscopy, and sleep studies - and visitors to inpatient units.
Amenities available at the canopy entrance include trained staff to direct patients to the department they need and a shuttle to nearby parking. The shuttle circulates the campus 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday. Shelters for patients waiting for a shuttle are located in the most frequently used lots. Prominently marked pedestrian walkways are open for patients who would like to walk.
Visit svhealthcare.org/patients-visitors/parking for a map. Visit svhealthcare.org/news/navigating-the-renovation for a photo guide to accessing the canopy entrance.
An alternate construction ramp will be available to staff, who will also be able to aid patients experiencing an emergency that requires more direct access to the emergency department.
The emergency department renovation and expansion will nearly double the size of the current emergency department, which was designed to accommodate 14,000 patient visits a year but currently sees nearly 25,000 annually. To learn more visit svhealthcare.org/vision2020.