At a ceremony celebrating progress, Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO Deborah Addo took a moment to praise the construction crews working on the hospital’s 382,000-square-foot Patient Tower.
Then, she immediately reminded them that much work still needs to be done.
“This is a nice milestone for us,” Addo said at a beam-raising ceremony this morning (Oct. 16) that marked the “topping-off” of the Patient Tower. “But I don’t want you to use it as an excuse to push back the timeline.
“So far you’ve blamed God and hurricanes and other things,” Addo joked. “This project WILL be done on time.”
About 100 representatives of Inova and the design and construction firms involved in the project gathered with donors and community leaders for the beam-raising ceremony. After refreshments, a few speeches and a short video about the project, a crane hoisted the beam skyward as the American Flag attached to it unfurled and flapped in the breeze.
This beam was signed by hospital staff, many of whom gathered atop a parking garage across campus to watch their part in Inova history raised into place. Four other beams, signed by hospital administration, construction and design personnel and community leaders, will be put in place later. DPR Construction and HDR Architects collaborated on the design and DPR is the primary contractor on the project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
“I get daily updates on the project from DPR,” Addo said. “So far, they have been working for 385 days and have accumulated 255,000 man-hours. But they still have 403 days to go before it is completed.”
The seven-story Patient Tower is part of Inova Loudoun Hospital’s $300 million master plan for expansion of services and facilities. The project will add more than 200 private rooms, an expanded progressive care unit, an expanded intensive care unit as well as the expanded Inova Heart and Vascular Institute Schaufeld Family Heart Center. The new tower also will include the Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center, a new labor and delivery unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with enhanced capabilities, a new cafe, outpatient services, and more.
“This is about progress and investing in the community we serve,” said Ben Frank, chief of staff and chief operating officer for Inova Health System. “This will help ensure that Loudoun County residents have access to quality health care well into the future.”
Scott Hamberger, who is chairman of the of Inova Loudoun Hospital board of directors, used a personal anecdote to highlight the real purpose behind Inova and its expansion projects. He told how he recently returned from a trip to Indonesia with an “uninvited guest” that left him sick and in excruciating pain.
“I had the privilege of booking a two-night stay at this resort on the Potomac,” he said. “I got to see first-hand the people who walk through our door. We serve people in pain, people who are sick, people who are anxious and concerned. Our staff serves people who are vulnerable, and we do so in a remarkable way. They treat each person with dignity, and they do it every day.”
Another purpose for the beam-raising event was to recognize donors and the efforts of Inova Health Foundation. The foundation’s Loudoun Rising campaign supports projects like the Patient Tower. For more information, visit foundation.inova.org/loudounrising.