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2010 Annual Report Showcases Washington Hospital's Construction Projects and Award-Winning Program

December 14, 2010

Building the Future of Health

Ever since it opened in 1958, Washington Hospital has looked to the future in meeting the changing health care needs of people in the Tri-City area. Today, visitors to the Hospital’s main campus are witness to a health care organization on the move, as the first new buildings take shape in the largest construction project ever undertaken by Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Meanwhile, many of the Healthcare System’s critical programs are being upgraded and expanded to serve growing community need and stay abreast of advances in modern medicine.

You can get more information about these exciting developments in Washington Hospital Healthcare System’s most recent Annual Report to the Community, which has just been published. Called "Building the Future of Health Care in Your Community," the report gives an overview of some of Washington Hospital’s major accomplishments during fiscal year 2010, as well as descriptions of construction projects currently underway or planned for the near future. The report also details how new technology and services are being added to advance many of the Hospital’s patient care programs.

Building for the future

The Healthcare System’s ambitious building and renovation effort will help sustain and grow its comprehensive range of world-class services well into the 21st century. In addition, the new construction will ensure that Washington Hospital meets all seismic safety requirements mandated by the state and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Projects described in the report include:

  • A 37,000-square-foot Consolidated Central Plant, currently under construction, with a new power plant, loading dock, energy- and water-efficient laundry, and network of utility tunnels. The freestanding, state-of-the art power plant will also have two new, high capacity emergency generators capable of providing back-up emergency power to the Hospital for at least a week.
  • Also under construction, an expanded Center for Joint Replacement to house Washington Hospital’s highly successful Joint Replacement Program. The innovatively designed building will provide enough space for all-private patient rooms while bringing the full continuum of related services under one roof. The Consolidated Central Plant and Center for Joint Replacement are expected to be completed by early 2012.
  • A large-scale expansion of emergency and critical care services to accommodate the vast increase in seriously ill patients being treated annually in Washington Hospital’s emergency room. Construction will begin in 2013. The project has received major support in the form of a $1.5 million grant from the Fremont Bank Foundation and will be named The Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion in honor of the bank’s founder. In addition to greatly expanded emergency services, the building will house a larger critical care unit and an intensive care unit with all-private rooms. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

For video updates and current time-lapse footage of major construction projects on the Washington Hospital campus, go online to www.whhs.com/construction.

Advancing programs

The Healthcare System’s 2010 Annual Report to the Community also describes how many of its programs are being expanded and upgraded to better serve the community:

  • Washington Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services moved into a spacious, new facility located nearby on Civic Center Drive. Advanced therapeutic equipment was added to the larger rehabilitation gym, and a new Legacy Strength Training Program was introduced.
  • The Hospital’s successful Outpatient Diabetes Program moved into the new Washington Outpatient Diabetes Center on Beacon Street, with easier access for the community. The comfortable space includes a state-of-the-art classroom for group learning sessions, as well as smaller areas for individual teaching.
  • Washington Hospital’s fast growing Wound Care Program will move to the expanded Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine on Civic Center Drive. The larger space is more accessible for patients, including those with disabilities. Two new hyperbaric chambers are being added to help speed healing for people with difficult wounds.
  • To accommodate the growing number of patients coming to Washington Hospital for emergency cardiac care, an expanded Cardiac Catheterization Lab is planned. Advanced technology will include a new biplane angiography lab, enabling physicians to perform more complex, minimally invasive procedures without the need for major surgery.
  • An innovative, new facility is being built for the Washington Township Medical Foundation’s Newark Clinic, which provides primary and urgent care services to Newark residents. The clinic’s design will utilize many of the latest concepts in patient service and efficiency. Physicians and nurses will be organized into "care management teams" to ensure patients have ready access to the quality care, support and information they need.

"Building the Future of Healthcare in Your Community" also reports on the latest activities and accomplishments of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation and the volunteers of the Washington Hospital Service League. The Healthcare System’s 2009-2010 financial statement is included. To receive a copy of the report, contact the Washington Hospital Community Relations Department at (510) 791-3417. You can also download a digital version of the report by visiting us at www.whhs.com/about/annual-reports.

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