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.