Hospital starts expansion project

6/17/2008

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital leaders, employees, physicians and visitors broke ground May 27 on the new Women’s and Children’s Pavilion.

“We are very excited about our plans to expand,” said David Baytos, senior vice president and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. “In our new pavilion, we can implement the latest initiatives and best practices in providing care for our patients.”

One example of improving patient care Baytos explained is moving the 16-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) from the main hospital where all the babies are in one large patient care unit into space in the new pavilion. The new area will have 24 private rooms where parents can remain with their newborn throughout the infant’s hospital stay.

The Women’s and Children’s Pavilion is part of a $124 million project that includes adding 100 new beds, constructing a parking deck that will add over 600 parking spaces to the campus, and making a number of renovations within the existing hospital.

The parking deck was completed just prior to the groundbreaking.

“The expansion will allow us to address the hospital’s high patient volume and to prepare for future inpatient growth due primarily to the aging population we serve,” said Baytos.

In addition to ensuring the ability to provide exceptional patient care for a growing population, another exciting aspect involving the new pavilion said Baytos are the steps being taking to gain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

LEED is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which encourages green sustainable design.

“It is important for us to be good stewards of our environment,” said Baytos, “So we are taking a number of innovative steps to use sustainable resources.”