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The new entrance to Pioneer Community Hospital. (Photo by Linda Hylton)
 
Hospital renovations done
Hoar Construction recently completed a 25,000-square-foot renovation project at Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart, according to a news release.
Renovations included updating patient rooms and bathrooms in the existing medical-surgical wing.
The emergency department was completely updated with two new trauma rooms and a new ambulance entry, nurse station and waiting area.
The specialty clinic and radiology department were also enhanced with updated paint, flooring and medical equipment.
A new generator was installed to give emergency power capacity to the hospital. Seven new rooftop heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units were added for the new design configuration along with new duct work systems and controls.
Some select areas of the facility (but not all) underwent a full upgrade of the electrical panels and circuits, plumbing, fire sprinkler, and medical gas systems, including the renovated areas.
The work in the 54-year-old hospital took place "alongside ongoing health care operations, creating a unique challenge for Hoar's construction team and the hospital staff," the news release stated.
All activities had to be carefully choreographed to provide minimal interruption to patient care while maintaining strict patient safety standards, the release said.
Due to its age, the existing facility contained above-ceiling and in-wall asbestos and lead that had to be removed within the confines of the operating hospital, the release said.
"The construction and hospital operations team successfully executed the plan for this work while maintaining the highest level of care for the hospital's patients," the release stated.
Hoar Construction, established in 1940, has offices in Birmingham, Houston, Austin, Orlando, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. The firm provides professional services in general construction, construction management, design/build and program management, serving clients in health care, retail, commercial, government and industrial markets.