Alamance Regional Medical Center officially broke ground today for a $60 million expansion project that will double the size of the Emergency Department, create a new Cancer Center, and increase the size of operating rooms and outpatient surgical care areas. The plans address areas of the hospital that are currently operating at or beyond capacity.
“Today is a milestone in our mission-driven journey—to bring new healthcare capacity and new healthcare resources to Alamance County,” said Alamance Regional President and CEO John Currin. “This project highlights our commitment to creating an excellent place for patients to receive care, for great people to work, for physicians to heal, and for our community to trust us to be prepared to meet its healthcare needs.”
The Emergency Department currently serves 58,000 patients a year in 26 treatment rooms. The expansion will add 27,500 square feet and result in a total of 58 treatment rooms. The added rooms will assist with patient flow and help providers offer more efficient and effective care.
Above the Emergency Department, larger operating rooms will be constructed in order to accommodate current and future high-tech surgical equipment. These nine rooms will replace the hospital’s current rooms. The Day Surgery area will also be renovated to create more space for pre-operative and post-operative care for outpatient surgery patients.
A new 40,000 square-foot Cancer Center will be built at the end of the Medical Arts building. The two-story center has been designed to provide the optimal healing environment for patients. It will feature a welcoming atrium, plenty of natural light, larger exam rooms, and spaces for a family resource center and community education and support groups. The chemotherapy area will offer patients options for a small group treatment area, private treatment bays and rooms with beds. A healing garden is also planned in a large courtyard area outside of the Medical Arts building.
“We have provided the latest in cancer research and treatment to our patients here in Alamance County for many years,” says Brendan Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Cancer Center. “This facility will offer an environment to compliment the quality of the care and personal touch we already offer,” he adds.
Plans call for the Emergency Department to be completed in late 2013, with the rest of the project completed in early 2014.
KBR has been named the contracting firm for the project; Dewberry will serve as the engineering firm; and Clark Patterson Lee has been hired as the architectural firm.