Renovated entrance, drive-up pharmacy open at Allenmore Hospital
A renovated entryway at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital is providing a warm welcome for visitors.
The entrance, filled with natural light, offers a recognizable focal point for patients and families who arrive at the hospital at South 19th Street and Union Avenue in Central Tacoma.
“The reason our patients come to Allenmore is for who’s inside: our people,” said Allenmore Chief Operating Officer Elise Fornadley. “We give a lot back to the community and now they can see us.”
It’s also easier for patients, since people can drive right up to the entrance that has a covered pick-up and drop-off area.
“There is a lot more room for vehicles near the entrance so patients won’t have to walk so far when they leave the hospital,” said Allenmore front-desk receptionist Lynne Marie Pelzel-Pendon.
At a ribbon-cutting celebration Nov. 8, MultiCare President and CEO Diane Cecchettini, RN, complimented Allenmore staff members for their “uniqueness of care services” and said the new entrance symbolizes MultiCare’s investment in growing and expanding services in our community.
“It’s good to get a face lift to reflect how we feel,” said Allenmore Patient Access Services Manager Kirsten Courtney.
New drive-through pharmacy
To provide patients with a drive-up pharmacy option, the MultiCare Allenmore Hospital outpatient pharmacy opened Nov. 11 in a new location just outside the hospital, facing South 19th Street.
New address: 1901 S. Union Ave., Ste A252, Tacoma, WA 98405
New phone: 253-459-6733
Allenmore pharmacy hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Monday-Saturday
Cherry tree dedication
Along with the dedication of the entryway, Jamie Eckhardt and Lynne Marie Pelzel-Pendon, co-chairs of the Employee Recognition Committee, dedicated a nearby cherry tree.
The tree, which was planted in 1972, was marked to be removed during the construction process. Employees petitioned to save the tree and leadership agreed that it should remain.
The architectural plans were revised to accommodate the tree and it was dedicated to the patients, employees and community of Allenmore as a symbol of hope and resilience.