Since 2002, The Villages Regional Hospital has been a vital part of our region, and for more than a decade people in the community have depended on the Hospital for comprehensive health care and its highly specialized services.
The new 173,000 square foot five-story North Tower opened in the spring of 2015 and is home to the new Intensive Care Unit, additional surgical beds and more. The second phase of the expansion, which is scheduled for completion in 2016 will increase the size of the hospital's emergency department, add operating rooms and add treatment rooms. The expansion is giving The Villages Regional Hospital the ability to better serve patients.
Phase II of the hospital's expansion project is well underway.
A bird's eye view of the expansion progress in August, 2014.
On June 10, 2014, the final steel beam in the TVRH North Tower expansion was hoisted into place. The beam was filled with hundreds of signatures and well-wishes from hospital team members and community members all looking forward to the completion of this phase of growth.
As of May, 2014, the North Tower addition is progressing on schedule. There are currently over 120 workers on site with over 18 trades represented. By August there will be more than 320 workers representing 20 trades. Our latest milestone was when the hospital switched over to the new cooling towers to provide chilled water for cooling.
The building steel started flying into place in February, 2014 for the North Tower portion of the expansion. The skyline over the hospital also changed with the addition of the second tower crane. A total of 1,788 steel beams and columns will be in place by May.
In January, 2014, work began on the new TVRH Central Energy Plant. The new plant will more than double the capacity of the existing plant and is needed to meet the energy demands of the new patient tower.
The Villages Regional Hospital endeavors to be environmentally friendly on all construction projects. Scrap materials are separated and sent off to local recyclers. As of January, 2014, the North Tower expansion project has kept 53,000 lbs. of scrap metal and 280 yards of excavated concrete out of landfills.
On November 22, 2013, ground was broken at The Villages Regional Hospital signaling the start of the $50 million expansion project.