CVH reports on progress of expansion, renovation

ARLINGTON Anyone interested in learning about the progress of the Cascade Valley Hospitals expansion and renovation project is invited to attend a Feb. 7 Neighborhood Meeting, from 7-9 p.m. in the Cascade Conference Room at the hospital.
While hospital staff will discuss the impacts of construction on the neighborhood, Connie DiGregorio and Kelly Penny were eager to preview details of what area residents and hospital customers can expect in upcoming months.
DiGregorio works in CVHs Facilities Development, while Penny serves as its professional liaison. They agreed that the first big change would be the relocation of the hospitals magnetic resonance imaging facility, from the south to the north end of the hospital campus.
The MRI move should begin in the second week of march, DiGregorio said. Hoffman Construction should be on site in June, after a May 31 groundbreaking ceremony. We considered relocating it inside one of the main buildings, but the maximum life expectancy of an MRI is 10 years, so it will cost less to replace the MRI down the line if we keep it in its own modular building, rather than tearing out the roof or the walls of a bigger building to do it.
DiGregorio explained that the hospital had worked with Taylor Gregory Butterfield Architects to maintain their $45 million budget, while creating a new 40,000-square-foot, two-story building, as well as renovating 47,000-square-feet of the building constructed in 1987.
DiGregorio elaborated that the new buildings first floor would include the hospitals admitting, emergency services, imaging, patient advocacy and gift shop, while the new buildings second floor would include the hospitals food services, Cascade Cafe, respiratory therapy, oncology, pharmacy, laboratory and chapel.
Approximately 58,400 of the 72,500 patients who used the hospital in 2007 received their care in one of the departments that are planned for this new building, said CVH Administrator Clark Jones. In planning which services would go into the new building, we felt it was important to have those departments right out front and easy to access.
This will move all of the hospital services currently located on the first floor of the 1987 building into the new building. In turn, the first floor of the 1987 building will become the new location of the services currently located in the building constructed in 1957.
Our goal was to tear down the 1957 building last, because it houses our medical records and food services, DiGregorio said. Those need to remain in close proximity to our patient care.
The laundry service is also currently located in the 1957 building, but it will move into a modular building adjacent to the 1987 building. As for the remaining floors of the 1987 building, the surgery area is planned to expand into the space currently occupied by the pharmacy on the second floor, while the family birthing center will expand into the space left vacant by oncology on the third floor.
Were gaining an additional 10 patient beds, and our emergency beds are going from six to 16, DiGregorio said. Just about everything else is basically doubling in square footage.
DiGregorio pointed out that the mechanical and electrical systems in the 1987 building will also be updated, as will the floor coverings, paint and cabinetry facing of public areas, including patient rooms and hallways.
The 1957 building will be torn down to make space for patient and visitor parking, as the final stage of the project. The Cascade Valley Hospital expansion and renovation project is scheduled to be completed in April of 2010.

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