When Washington Hospital opened in 1958, it served a community of 18,000 people; today it serves more than 350,000 residents and is expected to grow over the next several years. Upgrades are needed not only to ensure the hospital is able to continue to provide care in the event of a disaster, such as an earthquake, but also as a result of the growing population throughout the District.
Click on the time-lapse video below to see the latest progress with construction:
Facilities Master Plan
In 2004, the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors developed a long-range master plan to meet this anticipated future demand. Today implementation of this Facilities Master Plan continues. This multi-year master plan will guide the development of our main medical campus to the year 2030 to ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that will meet the health care needs of our community for the future.
Phase 1 Completed
In January 2009, WHHS broke ground on the first building of Phase 1 of the Facilities Master Plan. The Consolidated Central Plant Project was funded in part by Measure FF, a bond measure approved by voters (with over 70 percent support) in November 2004. The Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee oversees the disbursement of the Measure FF bond proceeds and reports annually on the expenditure of the funds.
The 37,000 square foot power plant, completed in December 2011, includes a new central plant, lanndry, utility tunnel and a new loading dock. The new central plant is critical in providing expanded utility service, which will allow for the eventual replacement of nearly all buildings on Washington Hospital’s campus.
The Center for Joint Replacement building, which houses the new Institute for Joint Restoration and Research, opened in May 2012. The new joint replacement center features 30 private patient rooms, 30,000 square feet of space and eight examination rooms.
The second phase, which is currently under construction, includes the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion that will house the much needed, expanded Emergency Room and Critical Care Units. Key highlights about the project are as follows:
- A 223,000 square-foot, structure of three floors: ground, first, second and third including 44,250 SF of shell space for future build out. It increases the size of several presently undersized departments and adds 116 new beds.
- The total project budget is $339,029,752.
- The ground floor houses building support mechanical, electrical and IT equipment, a morgue and shell space for a future pharmacy, cafeteria, kitchen, materials management, and storage. The adjacent Central Utility Plant (CUP), completed in 2012, feeds the building with all utility services through an underground utility tunnel.
- The first floor houses a new emergency department that will be approximately four times the size of the current one. It also houses a building lobby and shell space for future clinical space.
- The second floor houses a new 48 critical care beds in 5 different pods, and their support spaces.
- The third floor houses 68 medical/surgery beds, all private rooms and their support spaces.
- A base isolation structural system allows the building, in an earthquake, to move 3 feet horizontally and/or allows for some vertical displacement of the building, while enabling the hospital to continue to operate both during and after the earthquake.
- A new seven floor, 658 car parking garage is being built adjacent to the Hyman Pavilion with a rooftop Helistop.
The third phase of the Master Plan calls for construction of a new inpatient tower to be completed in time for a state seismic deadline of 2030. This new patient tower will include space for operating rooms, diagnostic imaging, birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit, medical and surgical nursing units and other support services to serve the growing community.
The final phase will allow for the remaining portions of the existing hospital to be converted into medical office space and complete the new main entrance to the hospital.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System has adopted the 2010 to 2030 Site Master Plan (the "Master Plan" or “Project”) which will guide the development of our main medical campus to the year 2030 in order to help ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that will meet the health care needs of our community for the future.