The COVID-19 pandemic has put a two-year long strain on the medical facilities we depend on for treatment. Hospitals across the world have been finding that they were unprepared for the sudden influx of patients with an often severe and sometimes fatal illness requiring isolation and quarantine. Now that the number of hospital admissions is down, boards of directors and executives of medical groups are looking to remedy some of the weaknesses that were found.
Skanska USA, a global construction and development firm, has been selected to provide renovation and expansion services for Bon Secours – St. Francis Medical Center, in Midlothian, Va. Construction will include renovations to existing spaces and the addition of two floors to help the hospital meet patient needs and provide more acute care services.
The expansion aspect of the project includes a vertical two-floor addition above the existing surgical department on the second floor. The new third floor will house a med-surg nursing unit and the new the fourth floor will be used for critical intensive care unit (ICU) beds and natal ICU rooms.
As part of the renovation of the existing building, a former ICU unit on the third floor will be renovated to accommodate a 10-bed observation unit repurposing existing patient rooms and support space. The fourth floor of the adjacent medical office building will be reconfigured to accommodate a new 24-bed Mother-Infant Unit with a well-baby holding nursery.
Additional renovations to the hospital’s existing facility, scheduled for completion in April 2024, will include:
- an expanded gift shop
- an additional new retail pharmacy
- a new MRI suite
- a women’s imaging and a preadmission testing suite with associated support spaces and
- central plant upgrades including a new chiller, cooling tower, 2500kva genset, new paralleling gear to accommodate the third genset, and replacement and increased capacity of the medical grade oxygen.
A direct response to the needs of the community, this project will advance St. Francis Medical Center’s mission to improve the health of the people in the community and will allow for greater care of life, core principles of Skanska and its employees.
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