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Miami Valley Hospital Announces Major Campus Investment

New 11-Story Heart Tower Will Feature 180 Private Rooms With Capacity for an Additional 72

DAYTON, Ohio, February 7, 2008 – Miami Valley Hospital today announced major investments at its main campus to transform patient care and dramatically enhance the physical setting of the hospital.

The hospital will begin construction in May on a 440,000-square foot, 11-story heart tower at the south side of the campus. The new tower will feature a total of 180 private patient rooms. A major component of the tower will be a comprehensive heart center. It will include 108 of the 180 private beds, imaging services, cardiac testing, cardiac catheterization labs, and heart surgery suites.

Construction cost for the heart tower is expected to total $135 million with completion set for late 2010.

The heart tower will dramatically change the face of Miami Valley Hospital. It will create an open, welcoming, contemporary environment that will be easy for patients and visitors to navigate. Parking below the tower will expand capacity for visitor parking.

“This project represents a transformational enhancement of Miami Valley Hospital,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO. “Today’s announcement is not just about new construction.  It’s also about a new vision for the hospital – a more inviting, attractive campus and facilities for patients, physicians, family and staff, and a campus that is more open and green and environmentally friendly.

“One of the questions a new physician has is, ‘What kind of facility am I going to be practicing in?’  With the new tower, we are providing a best-in-class facility whose design has been guided by those who will be treating patients there.  We expect that it will consequently attract the best and the brightest to Miami Valley Hospital.  Our physicians, employees and volunteers deserve the best and most efficient facility in which to serve patients,” she said.

Boosalis said that Miami Valley Hospital patients have consistently identified convenience and peace of mind as key attributes they seek. 

“This facility has been designed from the ground up to incorporate those elements.  We have also taken care to design a facility that will put our nurses and doctors closer to the bedside of their patients. Clinical environments are well thought out and organized around patient and staff needs,” she said. 

Construction of the heart tower will make it possible to convert double patient rooms within the hospital’s existing facility to private rooms.  Following this conversion, the hospital expects that virtually all of its rooms will be private.

The hospital is also planning a new entrance and hospitality zone in the campus core and patient discharge zones on the north and south perimeter of the campus. These improvements will enhance access and simplify traffic movement.

The new heart tower will be located east of – and connected to – the Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center. Two of the tower floors are designed to accommodate 72 future private rooms.

“In addition to improved patient care, this announcement also represents a significant commitment to the city of Dayton,” Boosalis said.  “Miami Valley Hospital was founded here in 1890. We have a rich legacy in this community as the region’s leader of healthcare innovation and patient care. The investment in this project demonstrates our continued leadership in caring for the health of our community.”
The heart tower project is one of the largest construction projects in Dayton’s history. International architecture and design firm NBBJ is the project architect; Skanska-Shook is the construction manager.