McKenzie-Willamette plans $80M expanision

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - An $80 million expansion and renovation project at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center will add a new patient tower with private rooms, as well as a new neo-natal ICU.

The dual-phased project will take approximately three years to complete.

When done, more than 153,000 square feet of space will be added to the hospital and over 56,000 square feet will have been renovated.

"We are excited to announce this long-awaited news, which will be the most significant construction project to happen at the hospital in more than 30 years," said CEO Maurine Cate. "Patients are our top priority at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, and these improvements are exclusively dedicated to improving how we care for them."

Patients will receive added privacy with the transition to all private rooms.

The most visible part of this project is the patient tower, which will also serve as the new entrance and lobby of the hospital, the hospital said.

The tower also will be home to a new 4-bed level II neonatal intensive care unit, expanded surgical and cardiovascular units, and beds for medical and surgical patients.

The cardiovascular program and chest pain center will double in size from eight to 16 total beds.

The surgical unit will increase the number of operating rooms from seven to 10 as well as the size of each operating room.

The emergency department will also grow to 20 private patient exam and trauma rooms, reducing noise for patients who will seek care at the trauma center.

"As more patients entrusted their care to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, it was clear there was a need to expand how we serve our community," said Michael Schwartz, Chairman, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Board of Trustees. "These improvements are designed to create a safer environment that supports our healthcare practitioners work to deliver high quality care."

The extensive undertaking will begin this week with an upgrade to the hospital's labor and delivery rooms in its existing area. The renovation is expected to be complete later this summer.

Final preparations and renderings are being completed for the patient care tower and ED expansion, which are expected to break ground in 2015.

Construction is expected to be complete by 2018.