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New Tower Project will have a Positive Impact on Health Care in Chester County
- The Project includes a 93,000-sq-ft, three-floor patient tower to be constructed adjacent to the Hospital's North Pavilion. The Project is designed to accommodate up to 72 private patient rooms - up to 24 rooms per floor - all equipped with monitoring capabilities and designed to meet medical/surgical, intermediate care, and intensive care requirements. Each room measures 332-sq-ft and includes a private bath, accommodations for family members, state-of-the-art equipment, a flat panel television, and WiFi. Each floor will be served by two nursing stations to ensure optimal oversight and clinical care management, and to facilitate a 1:4 nurse-to-patient staffing ratio.
- Private patient rooms provide many benefits, including privacy, better sleep and noise control, additional room for family and visitors, and enhanced infection control and management. The rooms have been designed to facilitate the highest levels of clinical care and quality, while also providing a comfortable atmosphere for our patients.
- Initially, only one floor (the top floor) is planned to be fit-out with 24 beds. Construction will continue on the remaining two floors after the top floor is open. As the Hospital continues to add bed capacity with the new private rooms, it will transition existing semi-private rooms to be private rooms for greater patient comfort. The additional inpatient capacity will improve the efficiency and throughput in the Emergency Department, and reduce patient wait times for inpatient beds. Fitting out the top floor first will decrease the level of noise to future patients when the lower two floors are completed.
- The Project includes the addition of a new vault at ground level to house the state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator. The new vault will be located adjacent to the existing Radiation Oncology suite so that construction will not interrupt patient treatments. Once completed, the existing linear accelerator will be decommissioned and a new CT Simulator will be installed in the original vault. The Hospital anticipates schedule patients on the TrueBeam in the summer of 2013.
- Because of its location parallel to the North Pavilion and spanning the existing loading dock, the Tower Project will be minimally disruptive to the Hospital's clinical functions, as the existing main entrance and lobby will not be affected.
Last Updated: 5/29/2013