“Not only is May 25 significant on account of the set of governmental measures linked to the coronavirus pandemic being eased, it is also important for Ústí nad Orlicí’s hospital, as well as the region’s healthcare overall. After partial complications with groundwater, the second phase of construction is getting underway for the central reception building for emergency care, which is intended for more than those in the immediate vicinity of Ústí nad Orlicí. Despite the fact that we are confronted with the impact of the coronavirus crisis and not even the government has been able to help calm local authorities with its decisions, this building is proof that the region is maintaining its role of investor as planned. Last week, we commenced the transformation of the Winternitz Automatic Mills in Pardubice, and now a new modern pavilion is starting to go up,” asserted the region’s governor, Martin Netolický.
According to Roman Línek, the deputy governor overseeing the areas of investment, property, and culture, it was possible to find a solution for a different way to make the construction’s foundation as part of the first phase. “In conjunction with the heightened presence of groundwater, we found a type of solution that consists of building sealing walls. These serve as a screen dividing the excavated walls from the building itself. Even though we needed to interrupt the construction for a short while, the resulting solution meets the strictest criteria for safely proceeding with construction,” stated Roman Línek.
The first phase commenced at the beginning of August last year. “I am happy that we have one stage successfully behind us, and now we are exerting all our strength to construct the building as such. Centralizing the emergency services will make it possible to improve the use of the staff’s capacity; naturally, it will also make caring for individual patients more efficient within the framework of the hospital complex,” related Ladislav Valtr, the regional councilman overseeing healthcare.
The building itself is comprised of one underground floor and three upper stories and is situated in the northeast section of the hospital premises next to the building currently containing the surgery departments and operating rooms. It will be directly connected to these facilities in a way that is handicap accessible. On the underground floor, the new building has its practical facilities with technical equipment, changing rooms, and sanitary facilities for staff. The workplace for central emergency reception is located on the ground floor and includes specialist examination rooms; the second and third floors hold the Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation as well as intensive care units. Each has a capacity of 12 hospital beds.
VCES a.s. won the bid for a construction contractor. However, the company is not new to the Ústí nad Orlicí Hospital. “We are pleased that we can participate in the completion of the Ústí nad Orlicí Hospital and thus tie into projects we have executed in the past,” said Zdeněk Pokorný, Chairman of the Board at VCES a.s. “We have made a commitment to the Pardubice Region that we will complete the entire project, i.e., the construction of a new pavilion including connections, roadways, and parking, within 570 days of taking charge of the construction site,” related Zdeněk Pokorný, describing the time frame and adding, “During the course of last week, we have already prepared the construction site facilities and necessary roadways. We will therefore commence construction immediately after being granted access to the site.”