At Monday evening’s session (Jan 10, 2011), Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Board of Trustees approved Harvey Construction’s contract bid to build a major 4-story addition at the southwest corner of the Hospital.
According to Hospital President & CEO Gregory Walker, FACHE, the Board reviewed several bids from both union and non-union contractors and made their decision based on quality, experience, cost and keeping the work local. In addition, all of the contractors and major subcontractors involved in the process offer health insurance to their employees.
Project bids for the 4-story addition also came in under the original estimates of $55 million provided to the State CON board in 2010.
“We were very pleased to see all bid estimates fairly close and lower than projections. We anticipate the building project will now come in well under $50 million. This is a significant savings and together with our goal of raising $1 million in donations, we will be able to get the best possible rates as we go to the bond market for financing,” Walker said. “Harvey Construction has also made a commitment to secure work in the local market which supports families in the Seacoast and throughout the state.”
Construction will begin January of 2011 and should be complete in the beginning of 2013. The new addition is designed to accommodate the Hospital’s growing need for more space.
“We’ve run out of options to create space at the Hospital for patients needing beds. We’ve expanded the Emergency Department, moved or added services at off-site locations such as rehab, lab, imaging and the Walk-In Urgent Care Center in Lee. We moved our Business Systems out of the Hospital to an office building on Broadway and opened imaging, lab drawing and non-invasive cardiology services at our professional center near Exit 9 off the Spaulding Turnpike.”
Walker added, “There are days when patients are backed up in the Emergency Department or in recovery areas waiting for beds. Fortunately this in not everyday but if you’re the patient waiting, it’s far from ideal even though Hospital staff work diligently to maintain our high standards of care. Patient volumes have grown dramatically in the past eight years with increases of about 40% in both Emergency visits and Admissions and our Birth volume is up over 20% since 2002. We are also acutely aware of projections indicating future volume growth based on the medical needs of the retiring baby boomer population who utilize healthcare services at a rate three times greater than those under age 65. An addition to the Hospital was our only option to give us the space we need with the privacy, security and comfort patients want and deserve.”
The first floor of the building is dedicated to education and the community featuring auditoriums and classrooms for staff training, community lectures and continuing medical education with offices for Human Resources, Community Relations, Education, Social Work Services, Chaplain and Library. A new Women & Children’s Center will occupy the second floor and includes a family playroom, C-section operating room, waterbirth room and single-room, high-level care nursery spaces for privacy and security. The third and fourth floors are each designed to have 32 private, patient-centered rooms with large windows, private bathrooms, carpeted hallways, interactive communication technology and improved access to medical information, medications and supplies. The construction project also includes a renovation component to convert all patient rooms to private rooms on two existing nursing units.
The Hospital completed the move of Old Rollinsford Road to accommodate the new addition and began the expansion of the north section of the parking garage in April 2011 to provide for increased patient and visitor parking.
Walker also noted the project will not impact patient charges. “Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has the lowest overall costs in the Seacoast area (based on NH Insurance Department report) and we have been able to negotiate very effectively with managed care companies for the next few years so this project will not affect patient charges.”
Harvey Construction, headquartered in Bedford, NH, has worked on both private and public projects including many New Hampshire hospitals such as Southern NH Medical Center, Speare Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Catholic Medical Center.
For more information, please contact Noreen Biehl, V.P. of Community Relations at (603) 740-2816.