Winchester Medical Center recently dedicated its new north tower and celebrated the conclusion of a three-year campus expansion that has enhanced the facility’s capacity to care for the region’s sickest patients.
The $161 million construction project impacted three sides of the 22-year-old medical center, beginning with a 560-space parking deck on the east side of the campus that opened in 2009. On the west side of the site, a new heart and vascular center and a clinical lab expansion opened in spring 2011. Flanking the existing facility, the new north tower includes an expanded emergency department, which opened in November; a new 48-bed critical-care unit on Level 3, which opened in December; and labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units on Level 2, moving Jan. 31.
The expansion will increase Winchester Medical Center’s licensed beds from 411 to 445.
All of the new space has been designed to meet the needs of medical science, the care team, patients and their loved ones. Patient rooms, work spaces and corridors take advantage of natural light.
There are accommodations for around-the-clock visitors, and accessible facilities for childbirth and family education.
The project was designed to meet the criteria for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The campus expansion construction team was led by Perkins+Wills, architects; Hammes Co., project managers;Whiting-Turner, general contractors; and Valley Health’s Construction Services Department. Dozens of local companies and hundreds of area tradespeople worked on the project.