Connecting old and new

Workers continue the job of joining the new patient bed tower with the existing Salem Community Hospital structure near the main entrance off East State Street. A concourse will join the existing lobby area with the parking deck and house a coffee shop, gift shop and classroom space. A walkway overlooking the ground floor concourse will connect the existing first floor with the new first floor, outside of the intensive care unit. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year with a grand opening sometime in January. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)