News Release: University News

Nov. 21,  2011

Emory Boards Approve Next Steps in Hospital Bed Tower Project

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ATLANTA - The Emory Healthcare, Woodruff Health Sciences and Emory University Boards have each approved the next tier of funding toward a planned Emory University Hospital tower expansion project, currently slated for completion in 2016. 

The Boards today approved releasing $30 million dedicated to: 

•    The expansion and improvement of Emory’s  Clinic A drop-off/valet parking lot off Lowergate Drive

•    Funding to begin moving utility work in the proposed construction area, including relocation of the chillers, cooling towers and the emergency generators to sites outside of the construction zone

•    Necessary funding  to enter into a formal  contract with a design team, including architect, civil and structural engineers, an interior designer, and other necessary specialty design services

“Thanks to the generous support of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, these expansions and improvements will enable Emory to create a modern center of healing in which our physicians, nurses, and scientists will provide an ideal patient-centered experience supported by the power of translational research,” says S. Wright Caughman, MD, executive vice president for Health Affairs, and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

“This announcement represents a very exciting and positive step toward the expansion of the Emory University Hospital bed tower, which will allow us to ensure our patients have timely and critical access to the very best care, while continuing to improve safety, quality, and satisfaction” says John T. Fox, Emory Healthcare president and CEO.  

Emory Boards in June approved the site for the proposed nine-story, 210-bed Emory University Hospital bed tower, which will incorporate new operating rooms, ICU rooms, and an expanded emergency room. The new facility will be located on Clifton Road across from the current hospital - in front of The Emory Clinic Building B.  

Approximately 82 patient rooms in Emory University Hospital will be retired - for a net addition of 128 patient rooms. As part of a comprehensive effort to enhance the patient experience, new pedestrian walkways will connect the existing hospital to the new bed tower, The Emory Clinic and parking facilities.  Underground parking will be included with the new tower.

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