Suffolk Construction has completed the construction of Steward Holy Family Hospital Emergency Center Project, bringing the hospital‘s capacity to twice what it could do.
Despite what think tank King’s Fund has said about the importance of closing more hospitals to secure the safety of patients and the financial viability of NHS trusts as reported by The Independent, Suffolk recently celebrated the opening of Holy Family Hospital’s 24,000 square-foot Emergency Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Methuen, Massachusetts.
The Independent reported September 5 that Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust faces a £100 million deficit and is considering closing St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and moving its services to Hammersmith Hospital, a claim denied by the trust.
According to King’s Fund, “too many hospitals provide too many of the same services and are chasing too few patients to maintain standards”, with the “major stumbling block” in many hospital reconfigurations being public concern and political opposition, the report said.
Nonetheless, Suffolk completed construction on the $14.1 million, state-of-the-art medical facility, including 32 private treatment rooms, a two-bay cardiac room, a double trauma room, a dedicated imaging area with a 64-slice CT scanner and digital radiographic imaging, and a rapid medical evaluation area in the lobby.
Designed to treat up to 54,000 patients annually, the new Emergency Center is said to nearly double the hospital’s emergency center capacity.
The Suffolk team collaborated with project manager RFWalsh Collaborative partners and architect firm The S/L/A/M Collaborative to deliver the Emergency Center project on time and on budget, without interruption to the hospital. Construction on the project began in November 2009.
The Emergency Center is part of Steward Health Care’s five-site initiative, featuring construction projects at Carney Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital, and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.