Supporters, donors, local and national leaders, physicians and hospital staff celebrated a milestone June 17 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first completed phase of construction of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Construction is progressing in phases so no patient care areas have to close during reconstruction.
The four-phase project of patient room reconstruction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.
As the mechanical contractor, Geiger Brothers is responsible for all plumbing, medical gas, heating and ventilation upgrades. Value of the Geiger Brothers contract over the four phases is $2.1 million.
The first phase included reconstruction of treatment, procedure and play rooms as well as the first set of eight patient-ready rooms with unique features and upgrades that make the environment family and child friendly.
During this first phase, Geiger Brothers work included 15 contract helicopter lifts of air handling units, piping and support structures to the roof of the hospital. All lifts were completed in just over an hour on an early Sunday morning.
The second phase began July 1 and consists of reconstructing 10 rooms for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as a new waiting room.
When completed, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital will have large rooms with private bathrooms and showers, with many special features to comfort and delight young patients.
During the ribbon cutting Brent Marsteller, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital, said “The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital has been made possible because of our generous donors and the hard work of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who are passionate about providing the best possible care for sick and injured children. We look forward to the day when this building project is completed and we will have a facility that will provide care and comfort to the children of our community for generations to come.”