April 14, 2010 > The Future of Your Community Hospital
The Future of Your Community Hospital
Critical Updates Will Prepare the Hospital for Needs of a Growing Community
The Tri-City community continues to grow and so does your community hospital.
Looking toward the next 25 to 30 years, Washington Hospital is moving forward with critical expansion and seismic upgrade projects being funded by Measure FF, which was passed by voters in November of 2004.
The first phase of construction is comprised of the hospital's new central plant, which stands at the heart of the hospital's daily operations. The current plant, which was built in 1958 with the original hospital building, will be replaced by a new, freestanding structure designed to supply utilities to the entire hospital campus.
"The goal of our new central plant is to handle the existing needs of the hospital and the Center for Joint Replacement, as well as future hospital construction that will support the community's growth for the next 25-plus years," says Ed Fayen, Washington Hospital's Associate Administrator of Operations and Support. "The hospital is growing and planning for the future, and this phase of construction will serve as the infrastructure to support that growth."
With Room to Grow
The new central plant will have the capacity to supply all the utilities necessary to supply the existing facilities as well as the new construction, and will include room to expand as the hospital's campus expands, according to Robert Alfieri, Washington Hospital's director of facility services, who will oversees the day-to-day operation of the central plant.
"One of the most important things the central plant will provide is emergency electrical power for disaster situations," Alfieri says. "The plant will also supply all the critical functions the hospital needs to operate, including hot water for bathing; boilers for heat; steam generation for sterilization and autoclaving; and, medical gases, such as oxygen."
First Phase Complete in 2012
Excavation for the new plant began in January of 2009. The current phase of the project includes construction of a new loading dock, as well as a new, state-of-the-art building for the renowned Center for Joint Replacement (CJR), which in February celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility. Unlike the other projects, the new CJR is not funded by Measure FF.
"The construction process is a domino effect," Alfieri says. "Current estimates are that the first phase - including CJR, the loading dock and central plant - will be completed in January of 2012."
Like other health care construction throughout the state, the project is under close review by the State of California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), according to Alfieri. The hospital has also hired "inspectors of record" to work with OSHPD to ensure that each phase of construction meets state safety and seismic requirements.
Washington Hospital's leadership team has gone a step further by providing emergency power for all of the hospital's new construction. In the event of a major seismic event, upgrades that are currently underway will enable the hospital to operate without any outside utilities for an extended period of time.
"The current phase of construction is the first step to insure that the hospital can expand for the needs of a growing community," Fayen says. "The goal is that the new facility be safe and comfortable for patients, visitors and staff. Safety is our number one priority as we move forward."
Watch Construction Online
Visit us online at www.whhs.com/construction to view construction video updates and watch current time-lapse footage of the construction of the hospital's new central plant and Center for Joint Replacement. To learn more about upcoming construction projects and upgrades at your community hospital, tune into upcoming Washington Township Health Care District board meetings on InHealth, A Washington Hospital Channel, on Comcast Channel 78.