Feb 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm
It’s been a year since Altru Health announced efforts to build a new hospital on the med park campus. Altru’s Ken Vien says during the last 12-months a lot of planning has gone into the design of the complex. In November the board approved the final strategic facility master plan. In addition Altru has continued to expand offerings at the South Washington complex. The former Doctor's Hospital is now home to such services as primary care and imaging…sleep study…and GI services among other things. Still to come is establishment of pain management and elective orthopedic surgery and inpatient rehab services. As far as the new hospital goes Vien says the initial base infrastructure construction will begin in 2014. The bricks and mortar of the project won't goin up until 2016. Vien says while serving the region well the current building is nearly 40 years old and the ultimate goal is to make the patient experience the best it can be. In current dollars the project is expected to cost in excess of 375 million dollars.