Bartlett to add new signage

It’ll soon be easier to find where you’re going at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

This week, the board of directors for Juneau’s community-owned hospital approved funding for three new signs. Two will point visitors to the emergency room and the third will identify the main entrance.

During renovations over the past few years, the emergency room has sometimes been used as the main entrance, and BRH Community Relations Director Jim Strader says some patients and their families are understandably confused. Strader serves on an employee committee that’s been looking at signage for over a year and recommended the three new markers.

“Hospitals all over the country, they’re complex buildings,” says Strader. “It’s very difficult to navigate, even if you know your way around the building. And the fact that Bartlett, just like many other hospitals have undergone construction and changes in the layout and things like that, it’s something that hospitals are continuing to try to improve that process just to make it a little easier for people to find out where they’re going.”

Two of the new signs will be located on the side of the building as you drive up to Bartlett via Hospital Drive. The third will be on the Bartlett House building as you make the left turn to go to the emergency room.

The board approved about 19-thousand dollars for the project. It’s not known when the signs will be installed, but Strader hopes it’s before the end of the year.