HICKORY, NC – Oct. 14, 2013 – Catawba Valley Medical Center
(CVMC) has announced the closure of its primary tower entrance and lobby
in conjunction with planned renovations. Effective Oct. 28 at noon, patients
and visitors will access CVMC through the AHEC building using the doors
just north of the existing entryway. Appropriate signage and a new beige
awning will be in place to help the public identify the new entrance.
The main tower lobby and entrance are expected to reopen by December 2014.
“Anyone who has been to the hospital in the past few months will
have noticed the ongoing work at the front of the facility in preparation
for the closing of the entrance,” said Scott Echelberger, Vice President.
“While the closure will alter where people access the hospital,
we have attempted to minimize the impact to our patients and visitors.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we update the main entrance
and parking areas.”
In February 2014, CVMC will begin a three-phase project to reconfigure
the front parking lot – 220 spaces at a time. The new configuration
creates direct access to the hospital entrance for individuals using Fairgrove
Church Road. In the meantime, patient and visitor parking will remain
in front of the hospital during the renovations while employees will be
relocated to other areas on or near campus.
About Catawba Valley Medical Center
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s
largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community
without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to
serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive
medicine and acute care. CVMC has received three Magnet designations from
the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with
three Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s
Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012 and 2013, a 2013 Best
Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and one of America’s
Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 by WomenCertified®. CVMC received
the 2013 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier, recognizing
a reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs, while improving
the patient experience and delivering evidence-based care. For more information,