Expanding Clinical Abilities with the New Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion
John Thomas Mehigan, MD
Specialty: Vascular Surgery
The new Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion is opening this fall. In fact,
at the time of writing this piece, inspectors are giving its final seals
of approval and Washington Hospital teams are finalizing their move-in
plans – myself included.
Beyond being a shiny, new building, it’s the expanded clinical abilities
that I’m most excited about.
When our Hospital opened in 1958, it served a community of around 18,000.
Today, that number is more than 350,000. While we’ve been able to
keep up with that growth by expanding Washington Hospital Healthcare System,
it’s the Facilities Master Plan that turned a vision into action
and our new reality.
As Phase II of that Facilities Master Plan, the new 224,800 square-foot
Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion gives us the space to expand emergency
services and critical care that will save countless lives in the Tri-City
area. As a physician, who is part of Washington Hospital, our mission
is to meet the health care need of District Residents.
Here are some of the enhancements to expect in the new the Critical Care Pavilion:
- Expanded departments; several of which are presently undersized to meet
our growing population’s needs
- A new emergency department that is approximately four times the size of
the current one
- Forty-eight new critical care beds in five different pods
- Sixty-eight new medical/surgical beds, all private rooms
- Natural light, gardens and open spaces to promote healing
- Private rooms with ample space for friends and family to visit –
even pull-out beds to allow for overnight stays
- Space to serve the District into the future
As someone who personally knew and respected Morris Hyman, I can’t
think of a better way to honor his legacy than with this fantastic new
facility. His work and passion left its mark on our community, and helped
shape the vibrant, diverse, and growing community it is today. In the
Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion, his commitment to our community lives on.
To learn more about the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion, visit
whhs.com or read my colleagues’ features on what it means for the
patient experience and healthcare accessibility.
Posted October, 2018
About John Thomas Mehigan, MD
Dr. John Thomas Mehigan is a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing
in minimally invasive interventional procedures. He was born and raised
in Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since
1967. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre
Dame and earned a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science degrees at
the University of Illinois. He completed an internship and residency in
General Surgery and fellowships in Vascular Surgery and Tumor Immunology
at the University of California in San Francisco, and the National Institutes
of Health. Currently, Dr. Mehigan’s practice includes General Vascular
Surgery, specializing in minimally invasive vascular procedures, vein
surgery and wound healing. At Washington Hospital, he is currently chief
of the Division of Vascular Surgery, Medical Director of the Vascular
Center and attending surgeon at the Outpatient Wound Clinic. In addition,
he is director of allied health services – development and oversight.
Dr. Mehigan is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a distinguished
Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and a founding member of the
Western Vascular Society. Additionally, he is a Clinical Professor of
Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Mehigan is the author
of 50 peer-reviewed professional medical publications. Dr. Mehigan is
board-certified in vascular surgery, recertified 2015 – 2025.