It is hard to believe but May is the month when CHR’s construction is, finally, scheduled for completion. After over two years of ongoing headache, and after over four years since construction planning started, we, finally, see the end of all the efforts, which at times were truly herculean, considering that the construction crews had to work around seven days a week activities of a medical center.
CHR’s patients have already experienced important completions, like the move of the IVF Unit from the 4th floor down to the ground floor of the new building addition. Likely less visible have been many other changes, like the greatly expanded laboratory and office space for the laboratory staff on the second floor of the new building addition or the brand-new nursing station in the totally renovated basement space, which previously could only be used for storage. Laboratory and nursing staffs have significantly grown in numbers since CHR moved into our current building in 2001, and both deserve the additional space the new construction has given them.
Another person, well deserving of more space, is Vitaly Kushnir, MD, Director of CHR’s Fertility Preservation program, whose office has been by far the smallest among physician consultation spaces. A few weeks ago, he also, finally, moved into a new and larger office, just down the hall in what used to be the center’s nursing station and conference room. His old office, after a makeover, is becoming a “guest room” for the almost constant stream of visitors at CHR from all over the world, who, up to now, did not even have a place to put their computers down. Finally, the partial extension of that floor into the former court yard, now houses a small conference room for small staff meetings, patient education and staff lunches, from which one can exit onto a big new terrace, where everybody is planning on open air lunches when the weather allows.
The last two pieces to the puzzle that remain to be completed are the 4th floor, where the IVF unit used to be, and the main entrance into the center. The 4th floor will be the new administrative and education hub of CHR, with a new office for CHR’s COO, Ms. Jolanta Tapper and her staff, and a new large “living room” (i.e. conference room), which will have all the electronic gadgetry to present talks and hold conferences, even with colleagues on the other side of the globe. The very last step of the renovation will be the resurfacing of the entry area to the center, which after over 15 years of use and abuse from heavy traffic and deliveries deserves a complete makeover.
All of this should be completed no later than mid-June. Sometimes in June/July we then are planning an “Open House” for patients, colleagues and friends to proudly show off the fruits of over two years of suffering. We will let you know about the date, and consider yourself all invited!
This is a part of the May 2017 CHR VOICE.