Harrison begins expansion

As of next year, Harrison Medical Center will offer those in need of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation in the local area a new place for treatment.

A groundbreaking ceremony held on May 17 at 1800 Myhre Rd. in Silverdale officially kicked off construction on a new orthopedic hospital.

Set to open in August 2013, the three-story, 54,000-square-foot addition will be located adjacent to the existing medical center and will be dedicated exclusively to the care and rehabilitation of orthopedic surgery patients.

Officials of the medical center said the expansion will introduce upgraded care by offering state-of-the-art equipment and an environment designed to be conducive to complete care.

The complex will offer certified and specialized surgical and nursing teams, four new operating rooms as well as 16 pre-surgical and post-surgical rooms and 24 private, single patient rooms. The new building will also offer a specifically designed gym and rooftop rehabilitation trail.

Jacquie Goodwill, who is manager of marketing and communication for Harrison, said the expansion also will update the hospital’s current facilities in other ways.

“This new hospital provides us with private rooms that are specifically suited to orthopedic patients,” she said. “They feature lifts and a more open rooms and a rehabilitative area that is specifically designed for orthopedic patients.”

She said that besides offering an expanded rehabilitation environment, the facility will offer an environment that fosters a spirit of healing through interaction.

“It has been shown that following orthopedic surgery the sooner we can get people up and moving the better,” she said. “Also, it is better to have patients work together. They encourage one another and that helps them recover faster.”

Goodwill said that, currently, more than 2,000 orthopedic surgeries take place at the medical center, and that number is expected to grow by 20 percent in the next five years.

She said that the facility will be constructed anticipating that growing need by adding the third floor which will be expanded into another 24 rooms in the future, giving the facility 48 rooms in total upon completion.

The $24 million project was designed by Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning LLC and is set to be completed by Anderson Construction Company.

Eric Olsen of Anderson Construction, who is the senior project manager for the center, said the enterprise will be run locally and offer other benefits to the community.

“We will have a team stationed in Silverdale and we will be using a lot of local contractors for the work, such as RV Associates, Yamimoto Landscaping and Stirrett Johnsen” he said. “This project builds on a long history we have with Harrison Hospital. We are excited to build on that relationship and deliver what is going to be a landmark orthopedic hospital.”

Goodwill said that the new hospital is ultimately a benefit to the community on every level.

“Soon, if somebody needs orthopedic surgery they can have it done here in their own community,” she said. “Their loved ones can come and help with recovery and they can have their rehabilitation take place in their own community and stay connected to the surgeon who performed the surgery and the surgeon and the rehab team can be very closely connected also. It is really a win-win all around.”


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