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Washington Hospital 'Phase II' Construction To Begin in Fall

August 06, 2013

With construction completed on Washington Hospital's central utility power plant in December 2011 and the opening of the new Center for Joint Replacement building in June 2012, the hospital is moving forward to begin Phase II of its master plan to upgrade and expand its facilities.

"Final approval of plans for the new Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is expected within a few weeks, and construction work on the site is anticipated to begin in the fall," says Washington Hospital's Director of Facilities Services Robert Alfieri. "With passage of the community bond measure last year, the hospital board has approved the firm of Hensel-Phelps as the general contractor. They already are working on site doing 'pre-construction' activities and are getting ready to go out for bids from subcontractors. We estimate that construction of the new building will take four years to complete."

The new three-story, 250,000-square-foot Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion will include an expanded Emergency Department, as well as expansions of the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

When the current emergency room at Washington Hospital was constructed, the population of the Washington Township Health Care District was only 18,000 people. Today, Washington Hospital serves more than 320,000 residents, and the emergency room is the second busiest in Alameda County - exceeded only by Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Earlier this year, Washington Hospital opened a 2,000-square-foot expansion of its ER with a modular unit, making it easier to accommodate the 4,000 to 5,000 patients who visit the emergency room each month. But even greater improvements in emergency care are expected once the new facility is built.

The Emergency Department housed in the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion will be approximately four times the size of the current facility. The expanded and upgraded ER also will position Washington Hospital to apply to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for designation as a trauma center. Currently, the closest trauma center to the Tri-City area is Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

The other components of the new building - expansions CCU and ICU - also will enhance Washington Hospital's ability to provide the best possible care for those patients who are most at risk. The current CCU has eight private rooms, while the ICU has two private rooms and 10 additional beds. The hospital also uses eight beds in private rooms upstairs in an ICU-overflow unit. The new facility will expand the CCU capacity to 20 beds, and the ICU capacity to 28 beds, all in private rooms and all on the same floor.

The private rooms in the new building will be larger, providing the doctors and nurses with more room to perform medical procedures right in the patient's room. The single-occupancy rooms also will ensure greater privacy for patients and more space for their family members to stay with them in the room. The new CCU/ICU also will have two large waiting areas for families, with several secluded alcoves and conference rooms, all with WiFi access. The top floor of the building will include an additional 68 beds for medical-surgical patients.

In addition to the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion, construction is slated to being in August or September on a new seven-story, 680-space parking garage for employees, doctors and volunteers next to the new central utility plant. The parking garage also will have a helipad on top of the building.

"The employee's parking garage will free up space in the hospital's front parking lot for patients and visitors," Alfieri explains. "Construction of the parking garage should take about a year to complete."

For more information on construction projects at Washington Hospital, visit www.whhs.com and click on the tab for "Construction Updates."

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