The UVA Medical Center is currently amidst a large construction project that will expand the Emergency Department, surgical services and inpatient care into a new facility. This construction is occurring on the east end of University Hospital at the corner of Lee Street and Crispell Drive. The Hospital will receive a second helipad atop the new facility allowing for multiple landing areas for Pegasus, the iconic critical care team for air and ground support, and other rotary wing aircraft transporting patients to UVA.
According to the University Hospital Expansion Twitter page, there are 4,000 tons of steel and 17,632 cubic yards of concrete in the structure. The expansion will add 43 beds to the Emergency Department, for a total of 80 beds, and will be an impressive move towards providing additional private patient rooms. The anticipated completion date for this $394 million project is mid-year 2019 with an opening to provide services shortly thereafter. This expansion project will increase the capabilities and opportunities of the Level I trauma center and supports the mission of the UVA Health System.
On January 10, 2018, the project made headlines as the final steel beam was set in place during a topping-off ceremony. The construction crew and several Health System Leaders were among those in attendance, including Dr. Richard Shannon, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia, and Dr. Robert E. O’Connor, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine. Find out more about this milestone on NBC29.com, Newsplex.com, and DailyProgress.com.