Red tape is helping visitors and patients during construction of an $8.7 million expansion for Payson's Mountain View Hospital.

The construction of a patient tower, an intensive care unit, pediatrics unit and emergency center is expected to take 13 months. In the meantime, people can follow the red-tape stripe on the floor marking the way to the emergency room and lab.A blue stripe leads the way to labor and delivery.

Construction has closed the former emergency entrance. The entrance is now just a few yards from the main entrance. Volunteers serve as guides.

"We would like to reassure the public that operations will continue with the highest care to our patients and visitors," said Hospital Administrator Stephen Walston. "Plans have been made to make this construction as easy as possible for our patients."

Public Relations Coordinator Pam White said "We hope that a few minor inconveniences can be overlooked by the public with anticipation for the new complete units."

The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion was Nov. 8 and was attended by 150 people.