Hospital construction update
The addition of a fifth floor at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews is set to be complete in November 2013.
The last steel beam is expected to be put in place in a few weeks and crews continue to prepare for future plumbing work and steam piping, according to hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Friedrich. Construction began in April and the $16.6 million project is the first major construction project at the hospital since it was built 18 years ago. The addition will be a 26,519-square-foot expansion of the intensive care unit and a relocation of the intermediate unit as well as the medical surgical floor and an expansion of cancer services.
Matthews begins roadwork
Beginning Monday, Oct. 8 the Town of Matthews will begin its yearly repaving of roads throughout the community.
All work is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 27 and will be done Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a news release. Mint Hill does its road paving in the spring, Town Manager Brian Welch said.
Matthews plans to repave 18 streets this year: Rice Road, Tanfield Drive, Woodbend Drive, Firewood Drive, Forest Wood Drive, Creekwood Court, Kale Wood Drive, Fence Post Lane, Winter Wood Drive, Bloom Wood Lane, Falkenburg Court, Dark Wood Court, Pinewood Hill Drive, Pearwood Court, Sweetgum Lane, Bent Wood Court, Hadley Court and Blossom Wood Court.
The repaving will include the addition of sidewalk handicap ramps, milling, patching, resurfacing and repainting of streets.
Patching also will be done on Moore Road, Winding Trail and Northeast Parkway.
Matthews is asking residents to avoiding parking on these streets during construction and to drive slowly through all construction areas.
State expands ‘Move Over’ law
Motorists now must move over for working utility and road maintenance crews, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The North Carolina General Assembly voted to add these workers to the state’s “Move Over” law and the new measure went into effect Monday, Oct. 1.
The Move Over law was first enacted in 2001 and included emergency responders, law enforcement vehicles, two trucks and Incident Management Assistance Patrols operated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The law requires drivers on a multi-lane road to move over at least one lane, two if possible, in the opposite direction of those on the side of the road. If on a single lane road, drivers are required to slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Those in violation of the law could be fined $250 in addition to court costs.
Forty-seven other states have similar laws requiring drivers to change lanes, slow down or come to a stop.
Matthews HELP Center raises $36K at tourney
The nonprofit Matthews HELP Center raised more than $36,000 during the second annual golf tournament last month at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Mint Hill.
The title sponsor for this event was Weaver, Bennett and Bland, P.A. and more than a dozen other sponsors supplied activities, food, raffle prizes and more.
During the 2011-12 fiscal year, the center gave $298,000 in direct assistant to those in need throughout the community. They served 4,643 households and provided food for a week to 5,882 individuals.
For more information about the center, call 704-847-8383.
Presbyterian alum gives $1.6 million to School of Nursing
The Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation recently received a $1.6 million donation from the estate of Margaret “Jean” Norwood Culver during their annual alumni School of Nursing Homecoming last month.
Culver was an alumnae of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1942. The money will be used to create a $500,000 mobile patient simulation lab and $1.1 million of nursing scholarships.
The school will hang a portrait of Culver painted by Mike McCarty. Culver worked as a military nurse in World War II, the Asian Pacific Theatre and then worked the following 35years in the Army Reserves and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.