The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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December 20, 2012

Hospital cafeteria, gift shop open for business



Remodeling rooms

The next major venture is upgrading patient rooms on the second and third floors. Each room will be freshly painted and equipped with new furniture, beds and mattresses.

The price tag for refurbishing the rooms is $780,000, and the hospital is offsetting the cost by selling room sponsorships for $15,000 apiece.

“Beds are very expensive,” Powers said. “We’re currently trying to get generous donors to sponsor rooms, and they can donate in the memory of someone or sponsor a room themselves.

Capital improvements

In the past two years, the hospital has undertaken several capital-improvement projects, including revamping the emergency room, Baby Place and Waddell Center and installing a sprinkler system and a pair of nuclear cameras.

Powers, who has been at the helm for nearly three years, said the hospital is undergoing several phases of renovations to improve conditions for both employees and patients.

“The reason is for the comfort of the patients and our employees,” Powers said.

The hospital is going to upgrade the parking area, retool the restrooms and admission area and construct an outpatient facility in the coming months.

“We’re going to build a professional office building across the street and move some of our outpatient services out of the hospital,” she said.

Hours of operation

Market Street Café is open Monday through Friday for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The gift shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Weekend hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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