Monday, January 23, 2012 - Winchester Medical Center Dedicates New North Tower

Three-Year Campus Expansion Pivotal to Efficiency, Growth of Key Regional Services

Winchester, Va. (January 23, 2012) – Winchester Medical Center dedicated its new North Tower Friday afternoon and hosted a community open house Saturday to celebrate the conclusion of a campus expansion that enhances 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 second parking deck, which opened on the east side of the campus in 2009. On the west side of the site, a new Heart & Vascular Center and a clinical lab expansion both opened in Spring, 2011. Flanking the existing 5-story facility, the new North Tower includes an expanded Emergency Department (opened November 2011), and a new 48-bed critical care unit on Level 3 which opened December 12. On Level 2, a larger Labor & Delivery unit and an all-private room Neonatal ICU will open January 31.This will increase Winchester Medical Center’s licensed beds from 411 to 445.

“Even with the economic downturn, our Board of Trustees agreed the time was right,” said WMC president Al Pilong. “For more than a century we’ve offered services that draw patients from a wide region and, in turn, attract new specialists eager to practice here. We owe it to the community to continue looking forward, to provide a progressive environment for our patients, families, physicians and employees.”

Pilong noted, “With this addition we join the top echelon of the most technologically advanced healthcare facilities in the country.”

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 comfortable accommodations for around-the-clock visitors and accessible facilities for childbirth and family education. Overall, the new areas were designed to encourage communication, coordinated care, efficiency, safety, privacy, and healing. The project was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The campus expansion construction team was led by Perkins+Wills, architects; Hammes Company, project managers; and Whiting-Turner, general contractors and Valley Health’s Construction Services Department. More than 2,200 workers were employed on the project, over half of whom live in the region.

Campus Expansion at a Glance
The 3-year construction project produced more than 350,000 square feet of new space and 78,000 square feet of renovated space. The two top floors of the North Tower are shelled for future growth.

Parking Deck 2 – 560 parking spaces with skywalk access into Level 2 of North Tower

Heart & Vascular Center – welcoming entry on west side of facility for cardiovascular testing and procedures.

Clinical Laboratory – upgraded equipment in larger space aids productivity. Emergency Department – expanded from 50 to 60 exam rooms with 2 new resuscitation rooms and a 7-bed rapid assessment area.

Critical Care Unit – enlarged from 30 to 48 spacious rooms; special monitoring, teleconferencing capabilities. Former unit under renovation as 16-bed step-down unit, opening June 2012.

Women & Children’s Services – Labor & Delivery rooms increased from 6 to 10, Neonatal ICU from one 21-bed room to 32 private rooms with family lounge and kitchen. Conference/classrooms on first floor.

Aerial view fom the northeast of the Winchester Medical Center campus. The new 5-story North Tower is in the foreground. State Route 37 is in the upper right corner.