Crane work at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital will necessitate a different procedure for use of the emergency entrance over the weekend.
Hospital spokesman Michael O'Farrell said a crane will be used for renovation of inpatient unit 4.2 and construction of a new joint replacement center between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. During this time, the emergency department entrance will be closed to patients, visitors, and staff.
O'Farrell said the front of the emergency department entrance on Faire Harbour Place is the only location where the crane can be stationed to load steel and other materials onto the roof adjacent to the 4.2 unit. A temporary check-in station for emergency patient care - staffed by emergency triage personnel, valet services, and patient transport - will be set up in the driveway adjacent to the Faire Harbour Place ambulance bay to oversee appropriate access to the emergency department over the weekened.
Other temporary stations will be set up at the top and bottom of the Faire Harbour Place parking garage. Emergency triage personnel, valet services, and traffic coordinators will direct cars and pedestrians away from the entrance and to the temporary check-in station. Another temporary station, staffed by public safety personnel and escorts, will be located at a third floor elevator alcove to direct patients and visitors to the emergency department.
L+M physicians and staff should enter the parking garage from the Montauk Ave. side and use the "Blue Main Entrance" elevator and stairwell to enter the hospital. Visitors should use the hospital's main entrance. The "Green Emergency" elevator and stairwell leading to the emergency department entrance will be inaccessible.
Receptionists will receive revised instructions on the weekend changes and signs will be set up throughout the hospital to notify visitors of changes in routing and directions.