You may have noticed some changes at the UHS Wilson Medical Center campus in Johnson City this summer. Demolition of 75% of the old Picciano Building has been completed and work is now starting on the Gateway project, which will renovate the remaining 25% of the Picciano Building.
“The new Gateway Building will primarily be a support building,” says Gail Thalacker, vice president for Operations at UHS. “One of our biggest priorities is a brand-new, fully operational kitchen and dining area, which will span three floors.”
In addition to providing a place for patients, families and UHS staff to eat on the UHS Wilson campus, the Gateway Building will also maintain support functions with a basement tunnel to move materials efficiently and a bridge allowing patients and employees to walk from one end of the building to the other easily. The facility also includes a helipad for emergency patient landings and meeting and office space for UHS medical and administrative staff.
John M. Carrigg, president and CEO of UHS, remarked on these enhancements: “This will make the medical center more accommodating to the patients, visitors, providers and staff who access the facility on a daily basis.”