Lakeland Regional Board Approves First Phases of Master Facility Plan To Benefit Patients, Families and Community
Tuesday, March 26 2013
At a news conference held today, Lakeland Regional announced that its Board of Directors approved the first phases of a multi-year Master Facility Plan, which includes building a state-of-the-art medical tower. This expansion is part of Lakeland Regional’s ongoing commitment to deliver the highest quality healthcare for the region, while meeting the emerging healthcare demands of area residents.
“Through this expansion, Lakeland Regional will have more space for the latest technology, a new women’s and children’s center, larger operating rooms, and a greater number of private patient rooms, just to name a few,” said Elaine Thompson, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems. “By investing in this state-of-the-art facility, we are able to ensure the highest quality of care for our patients by providing our physician partners and healthcare teams the opportunity to deliver the best possible outcomes.”
The new medical tower will be located across the street from Lakeland Regional’s existing Emergency Department on Parkview Place and will physically join with the north side of the hospital through interior over-the-street connectors. It will include:
- A new Surgical Suite with the capacity for 17 hybrid-sized operating rooms designed to accommodate the latest technology and equipment
- A new expanded Emergency Department
- A new patient- and family-centered Women’s and Children’s Center
- New private patient rooms with the flexibility to serve as ICU (Intensive Care Unit) or Medical/Surgical Rooms
- A new helipad
In addition, Lakeland Regional plans to construct a new clinical academic building on the south side of the campus. One of the core competencies for Graduate Medical Education accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education (ACGME) is providing and maintaining the institutional infrastructure for personnel, equipment, facilities and resources necessary to support an appropriate learning environment. The Clinical Academic Building will provide clinical, teaching, and auditorium space, as well as, a library/resource center and classrooms for the 200 to 250 residents who will participate each year in the LRMC GME Program.
“Lakeland Regional is proud to remain committed to providing our community and beyond with the best healthcare has to offer,” continued Thompson. “This expansion is another vehicle through which we will take our already exceptional healthcare model and make it even better for our patients and their families, as well as, our healthcare providers.”