Novant Health enters into next construction phase of new critical care tower at medical centre

WCN Editorial Team 30 Sep 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Novant Health has announced the entry into next phase of its $400m investment plan at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

The construction project was launched in 2019, with phase 1 currently underway.

The first phase of work includes renovation of the current patient rooms and bolster women’s and children’s center.

The second phase of the project was launched recently in coordination with design partners Gresham Smith and McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture to construct a new five-storey, 193,480ft2 critical care tower.

Each phase has been strategically designed to boost patient experience and enhance critical care services in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area, claimed Novant Health.

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center senior vice president and president Chad Setliff said: “We’re very excited to continue investing in the future of health care in our community. Our goal is, and will always be, focused on providing the latest in advanced technology and truly next-level care for our patients close to home.

“Once complete, the new and state-of-the-art critical care tower will function as a place of hope and healing for generations to come.”

The phase 1 enhancements include a complete renovation to the labour and delivery unit of the hospital.

Expecting mothers will stand to benefit from a first-in-the-region obstetrics emergency department.

Furthermore, each labour and delivery room has been redesigned in a specious way to boost patient experience, and nine delivery rooms have been equipped with new hydrotherapy tubs, with one room particularly reserved for midwifery.

The other phase in the women’s and children’s remodel is to relocate and refurbish the mother-baby post-delivery unit so that all labour and delivery services, including the hospital's 56-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will be brought into one location.

Among the upcoming phase 1 plans includes renovation of the hospital’s kitchen and cafeteria. A new central energy plant will be installed to heat and cool the 1.8-million-ft2 medical centre.

The second phase construction of the critical care tower will commence with a scheduled demolition of Forsyth Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Center in October.

This phase will feature a redesign of the hospital’s patient drop-off and pickup area.

Following completion, a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the new critical care tower will be slated for Q2 2022.

This tower will feature 60 critical care and 36 patient rooms along with a redesigned surgical suite.

The new tower is expected to be complete in late 2024. However, interior renovations will continue through 2027.


The second phase will feature a redesign of the hospital’s patient drop-off and pickup area. Credit: 
Ryan McGuire from Pixabay 


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