VOL. 125 | NO. 28 | Thursday, February 11, 2010
A Special Place
By Tom Wilemon
From left, Dawn Dia, Suzanne Cole and Debbie Wenthworth preview the new high-tech minimally invasive operating room suite during a tour of the new Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital on Wednesday. Photo: Lance Murphey
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital on Friday will celebrate the completion of its new Women’s and Children’s Pavilion.
The building is part of a $121 million expansion, the largest construction project in
Dawn Dia, left, and Annelise Jensen peer out the window of a pediatric patient’s room into the lobby during a tour of the new Women’s and Children’s Pavilion. Patients will move to the facility on Feb. 14. Photo: Lance Murphey
Germantown’s history. After a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. that day, the hospital will begin moving patients into the pavilion, which itself is a $51 million investment.
It features a neonatal intensive care unit with 24 private rooms, around-the-clock staffing by an obstetrician/gynecologist and a boutique with specialty health garments and other women’s wellness products.
“I believe we’re the first and only neonatal intensive care unit in the region to have private rooms for all our babies in NICU,” said William Kenley, chief executive officer of the hospital. “It’s a big positive because most of these children have extended stays normally in excess of a week.
“Having a big space within the room for parents and extended families to be more comfortable is a big deal.”
The Women and Children’s Pavilion accounts for 108,000 square feet of the 218,000-square-foot expansion. Construction began on the pavilion in May 2008.
The hospital is also doubling the capacity of its intensive care unit to 16 beds, and is expanding its catheterization laboratory and surgical suite as well as other clinical spaces.
Other components include 100 additional hospital beds and a 600-space parking deck.
When the full expansion is complete, the hospital also will have a new entrance.
Flintco Inc. is the contractor on the project, and TRO Jung/Brannen is the architect. But the design elements weren’t limited to what architects and hospital staff wanted.
“Many of the areas were designed with patient and family groups involved in the design phase,” Kenley said. “We were able to do things that really make it more comfortable for everyone involved.”
After the women’s services department is moved into the pavilion, the hospital will begin renovating the 100,000 square feet of vacated space it will leave behind.
The hospital is embarking upon the expansion with several sustainable design elements in mind, such as energy-saving features, drought-resistant vegetation and bamboo flooring and other renewable resources.