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Miami Valley Hospital 12-Story Southeast Addition “Tops Out”

DAYTON, Ohio, September 14, 2009 – The Dayton skyline has distinctive new look with the steel skeleton of Miami Valley Hospital’s new Southeast Addition taking shape. The 12-story structure is tracking on schedule to be completed at the end of 2010.

The construction officially “tops out” today with a special ceremony to commemorate the event starting at 10 a.m.

A topping out ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction process and celebrates the placement of the final steel beam. Miami Valley Hospital physicians, staff members, board members and community leaders have signed the beam.  A construction crane will hoist it into place at the event.

An American flag, along with an evergreen tree, which signifies the life and growth of the building, will be attached to the 10-foot beam. Hospital president and CEO Mary Boosalis will speak at the ceremony, as will MVH board chair Edward Blake and chief-of-staff James Pacenta, MD.

All of the 178 patient rooms in the new addition will be private.  Two floors will be shell space for future expansion.

All cardiac-related services, both medical and surgical, will be consolidated in the 484,000 square-foot Southeast Addition.  These services include stress testing, diagnostic exams and cardiac catheterization procedures as well as bypass surgery and open heart surgery. Designated cardiac surgical suites within the new building allow for patients to receive care without being moved to different locations on campus. When completed, cardiac services will occupy five floors of the building.

A new orthopedic and spinal center will be housed on two floors.  Orthopedics was selected for the facility because its patients often require special equipment best accommodated in private rooms.

“Great care has been taken to design a building that will accommodate high-tech services while at the same time providing a calming environment to patients and family members,” Boosalis said. “With the new addition, we are providing a best-in-class facility whose design has been guided by those who will be treating patients in the new space.” 

Boosalis adds that Miami Valley Hospital patients have consistently identified convenience and peace of mind as key attributes they seek when selecting where to receive their health care.

“Miami Valley Hospital has a strong reputation for being a leader and innovator when it comes to providing healthcare to the community. This project is another example of our forward thinking. We have taken care to design a facility that allows caregivers to be more efficient when treating patients. The result will be a better experience for patients,” said Boosalis.

Construction cost for the Southeast Addition is expected to total $135 million.   Approximately 58 percent of the total value was awarded to contractors based within 50 miles of Dayton.

When the Southeast Addition opens, it will become the new front door to Miami Valley Hospital. A new reception area and lobby are incorporated in the design, offering welcoming, contemporary spaces that will be easy for patients and visitors to navigate.

Demographic trends point to an increased need for inpatient services in both cardiovascular and orthopedic services.  According to the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, in 2007 Montgomery County hospitals treated more than 17,000 inpatients for cardiovascular procedures — a number that is growing as people live longer.  The healthcare market intelligence organization SG2 projects 26% growth in inpatient orthopedic procedures nationally over the next 10 years. 

Great care has also been taken to make sure the building is environmentally friendly. Miami Valley will be seeking certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.