April 11, 2016
Morrisville – Preliminary site work will begin this week as Copley Hospital begins preparing to build a new Surgical Suite. The hospital plans to spend $12.5 million to build a new integrated surgical suite to replace its current operating rooms. The new Surgical Suite will open in late 2017 and include three (3) operating rooms, one (1) procedure room, central sterile and processing, pre-operative and post- operative beds, a dedicated waiting area for families, a consultation room for physicians and family members, and expanded space for storage and support services.
“We are building a replacement for our current operating rooms, which were built in 1979,” said Copley Hospital CEO Mel Patashinick. “The new construction is separate from our current surgical services area. This means we can continue to offer high quality surgical services in our current area while the new surgical suite is built.The new suite will ensure that Copley will be able to meet the future needs of our community with an even better experience for patients and families.”
Copley plans to build the new surgical suite off the main entrance, tucked in between the main lobby and the Rehabilitation Services building, and connecting to the back of Outpatient Services.
Construction on the 19,560 square-foot suite is expected to begin this summer, with construction taking 18 months. Copley Hospital is working with an owner’s representative, John Kause, PE, CPMP and architect Freeman French Freeman. Both have extensive knowledge and experience with hospital design and construction.
The preliminary site work involves re-configuring the parking lot in front of the hospital rehabilitation services building (just past the hospital’s main entrance) and relocating underground telephone lines. The existing ring road for circulation and traffic flow around the hospital will be maintained.
The hospital is paying for the bulk of the project with working capital and a loan. The hospital is seeking $3.2 million in community support and has already raised 78% of that goal. Copley will launch the public phase of their campaign to reach 100% at the upcoming groundbreaking for the new Surgical Suite.