A major component of the cooling system at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake is being replaced, which will affect patient parking and access to the hospital through the main lobby.
AMC is planning to replace the chiller unit atop the hospital, which weighs close to 14 tons and is roughly the size of a tractor trailer. The bulk of the work will take place Thursday and Friday.
A large crane will be constructed to remove the old chiller and replace it with the new piece of equipment. While the units are being hoisted over the hospital early Friday morning, the main lobby will be closed and some patient care areas will be shifted to other areas of the facility. The entire process is expected to conclude by mid-day.
Beginning Thursday afternoon, three rows of parking will be used in the lot facing the main lobby to set up the massive crane needed to hoist the chiller units.
The parking lot at Lake Colby beach will be used by AMC staff, in addition to a hospital-owned lot on Old Lake Colby Road, in order to relieve some parking pressure in the main lot at AMC. Hospital staff is being asked to use the alternate parking sites during this time to give priority to patient and visitor parking.
Signage will be in place for patient and visitor safety to direct them to the entrances of the hospital where pedestrian traffic is allowed during the construction phase of the project. Patients and visitors will be directed to what used to be the main entrance of the hospital facing Lake Colby, and emergency walk-ins will be directed to the ER entrance at the back side of the building.