There will be an official dedication ceremony for the South Tower Dec. 14 with comments from Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, other elected leaders, and Inova executives, but the Annandale Blog got a sneak peak Dec. 11.
The design incorporates a lot of light and makes an effort to bring the outdoors in through the use of natural elements in the decor, large windows, and nature photos on the walls. “Research shows that patients do better when exposed to natural light. If you’re sick or injured, you’ll heal faster and it reduces depression and anxiety,” said Rebecca Hileman, director of education and business at INOVA.
|A patient room.|
There are several “negative pressure” patient rooms to minimize the spread of contamination from patients with infectious diseases. Those rooms are larger, so they can also be used for VIP patients.
|The nursing staff helped design their work spaces.|
There’s a new helipad attached to the building to bring in trauma victims quickly. It’s the third one at the Fairfax campus. There’s a café on the first floor for staff and visitors offering healthy selections. The building has lots of environmentally friendly elements, like a green roof with vegetation to reduce runoff and save energy and a cistern to capture rain water.
|The view from a patient room showing the helipad on the roof of the emergency area, the construction site for the new women's and children's hospital, and Gallows Road in the distance.|
Once the South Tower is occupied, renovation will start on the existing patient tower to convert all the rooms to single occupancy.
Even with all the new construction, the number of beds at Fairfax Inova won’t be increased by the current 833.The trend in health care is to focus on more on preventive care, with hospital stays limited to people who are very ill or gravely injured, Hileman says. “Most of our business now focuses on geriatrics and women and children.”
|An ICU room.|