Board members gath­er to plunge golden shovels into the dirt in front of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospi­tal, Friday afternoon, for the groundbreaking
Board members gath­er to plunge golden shovels into the dirt in front of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospi­tal, Friday afternoon, for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Emergency Depart­ment renovation and expan­sion project. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)
BRATTLEBORO (AP) - Construction is starting on an expansion project at a Vermont hospital.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is upgrading its emergency room and is building a new MRI unit. Construction starts Monday.

The state approved the project earlier this year, estimated at over $7 million.

The emergency department was last renovated in 1982. At that time it was constructed to serve about 6,000 patients annually.

But over the past 30 years, that number has more than doubled, with over 13,000 patient visits last year.


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