Crews are working on several projects to prepare for construction of the new patient bed tower, including renovations on the sixth floor and Energy Center updates. And, work is wrapping up on the new inpatient Pharmacy.
Crews are in the final stages of demolition on the sixth floor and beginning the installation of metal ductwork and fireproofing material on all beams and columns.
The sixth-floor renovation will enable moves by two units while the patient tower is under construction. Our Heart & Vascular Unit on the third floor will move into the sixth-floor space once it’s completed, and then the Intensive Care Unit will move into the former Heart & Vascular Unit space. The new patient tower will include the renovation and expansion of the ICU, with a total of 54 ICU and ICU-adaptable beds.
Heating, cooling and ventilation systems currently servicing the hospital are moving to the Energy Center at the northwest corner of the campus. Construction teams used hydro excavation to locate existing underground utilities without causing damage. The process uses high-pressure water to break down the soil while a vacuum picks up the slurry along the way.
A new, larger inpatient pharmacy will help us best serve our patients now and into the future. Right now, the new space is receiving some final touches, including cabinets, flooring and acoustical ceiling tiles. The pharmacy will house two 14,800-pound medication carousels that assist pharmacy team members to securely store, track and dispense medicine for our hospital patients.
Special thanks to The Walsh Group for sharing photos of the exciting progress.