Brattleboro Memorial Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion on Friday, November 9. Construction will start on Monday, November 12.While the first phase of the construction is taking place, the current main entrance to the hospital will be closed. Access to the hospital for all patients and visitors will be through the Richards Building. BMH volunteers and staff will be stationed at the Richards Building entrance to serve as guides. It is anticipated that this first phase will continue through the summer of 2013. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for the spring of 2014.The proposed expansion will improve patient privacy and confidentiality, reduce wait times and meet current code and regulatory requirements. Updates on construction and its impact on hospital access will be posted regularly on bmhed.org and the BMH Facebook page. The public can also get information by calling the hospital’s main switchboard at 802-257-0341.