Gloucester hospital breaks ground on ICU addition

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Mar 07, 2012 - 05:12 PM

Photo: Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new Intensive Care Unit and a family center. Taking part in the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Gregg Shivers, Derek Mott, Carter Borden, Dr. Fredrick Arnold, Del. Keith Hodges, William Downey, Robert Marble, Megan Kleckner, Rebecca McCoy, Gaynor Callis, Gina Thayer, Marlon Anderson and John Berotti. Photo by Elliott Torn.

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new Intensive Care Unit and a family center. Taking part in the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Gregg Shivers, Derek Mott, Carter Borden, Dr. Fredrick Arnold, Del. Keith Hodges, William Downey, Robert Marble, Megan Kleckner, Rebecca McCoy, Gaynor Callis, Gina Thayer, Marlon Anderson and John Berotti. Photo by Elliott Torn.

A chill in the air didn’t dampen the enthusiasm Tuesday afternoon as Riverside Walter Reed Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on the hospital’s Gloucester campus to mark the start of construction on a 12,000-square-foot modern Intensive Care Unit.

Hospital administrator Megan Kleckner said this represents the largest expansion of hospital services since the opening of its Cancer Center in 2004. Also, she said the addition, which is expected to open in late 2012, is significant as it illustrates how the hospital and its staff have always strived to provide the most modern health care since the facility opened its doors in September 1977.

The new ICU addition will cost approximately $5 million, Kleckner said, which will include expanded space and new equipment. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Norfolk is general contractor for the project.

Tuesday’s ceremony, attended by more than 100 people, also included the groundbreaking for the J. Doswell Dutton Family Care Center, a 900-square-foot facility for family and friends of patients requiring extended stays in the hospital. The family center, also expected to open late this year, was paid for separately, Kleckner said, with $100,000 of the cost from a bequest from the Dutton family and another $100,000 paid for by private contributions ranging from $25 to $5,000.