Building for the Future
When Washington Hospital opened in 1958, it served a community of 18,000 people; today it serves more than 350,000 residents and is expected to grow over the next several years. Upgrades are needed not only to ensure the hospital is able to continue to provide care in the event of a disaster, such as an earthquake, but also as a result of the growing population throughout the District.
Facilities Master Plan
In 2004, the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors developed a long-range master plan to meet this anticipated future demand. Today implementation of this Facilities Master Plan continues. This multi-year master plan will guide the development of our main medical campus to the year 2030 to ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that will meet the health care needs of our community for the future.
Phase 1 Completed
In January 2009, WHHS broke ground on the first building of Phase 1 of the Facilities Master Plan. The Consolidated Central Plant Project was funded in part by Measure FF, a bond measure approved by voters (with over 70 percent support) in November 2004. The Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee oversees the disbursement of the Measure FF bond proceeds and reports annually on the expenditure of the funds.
The 37,000 square foot power plant, completed in December 2011, includes a new central plant, laundry, utility tunnel and a new loading dock. The new central plant is critical in providing expanded utility service, which will allow for the eventual replacement of nearly all buildings on Washington Hospital’s campus.
The new Center for Joint Replacement building, which houses the new Institute for Joint Restoration and Research, opened in May 2012. The new joint replacement center features 30 private patient rooms, 30,000 square feet of space and eight examination rooms.
The second phase includes the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion that will house the much needed, expanded Emergency Room and Critical Care Units. The construction plans for this new, three-story 250,000-square-foot Pavilion are undergoing final review with the State and construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.
The Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion will answer this community’s need for expanded emergency and critical care facilities. Last year, more than 50,000 patients were treated in the emergency room. The new emergency room will be approximately four times as large as the current emergency room providing a greater ability to meet the needs of the District residents. The new critical and intensive care units will have 48 beds compared to the current capacity of 28 beds. All of the rooms will be private and larger in size. The facility will also have an additional 68 med-surg beds and support space.
The third phase of the Master Plan calls for construction of a new inpatient tower to be completed in time for a state seismic deadline of 2030. This new patient tower will include space for operating rooms, diagnostic imaging, birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit, medical and surgical nursing units and other support services to serve the growing community.
The final phase will allow for the remaining portions of the existing hospital to be converted into medical office space and complete the new main entrance to the hospital.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System has adopted the 2010 to 2030 Site Master Plan (the "Master Plan" or “Project”) which will guide the development of our main medical campus to the year 2030 in order to help ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that will meet the health care needs of our community for the future.