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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Fairfax Hospital wing to open in August 2012

The new 11-story South Patient Tower at Inova Fairfax Hospital is expected to be completed by August 2012—about six months behind schedule.  

The building will house 174 all-private intensive care unit (ICU) medical/surgeon, neurosciences, and trauma rooms. 

Construction on the $161 million project started in June 2010. Staffing projections for the new building  have not yet been determined; Fairfax Inova currently has 7,000 employees.

According to an Inova spokesperson, the 216,000-square foot facility “will enable the hospital to meet future inpatient and outpatient needs and will allow for flexibility if there is a surge in patients during a disaster or pandemic event.”

The new tower will connect to the main hospital on all 11 levels. Trauma surgeons will have the tools and lighting to perform procedures at a patient’s bedside. Staff will be able to monitor patients from workstations outside their rooms.

The building incorporates “green” design features, including low-flow plumbing, environmentally friendly building materials and furniture, and a “living roof” with water cisterns and rain gardens.

A new women’s hospital at Fairfax Inova is expected to be completed in 2015.

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