The Heart and Vascular Tower
Thank you for your patience as construction is underway on the new heart and vascular tower at Our Lady of the Lake. You will notice dust walls in our lobby, construction fencing along Essen Lane, and work in our parking garage.
On July 19, we held a "Topping Out" ceremony to place the last steel beams at the top of the tower. As is customary in traditional "topping out" ceremonies, an evergreen tree and American flag were placed on the hoisted beam to symbolize growth and to bring luck. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of the ongoing construction, including this ceremony and the beams, which were signed by physicians, team members and board members.
For an ongoing list of our progress and how this work might affect you, please visit our Construction Updates page. We are trying to keep disruption to a minimum. Our team members are ready to assist you find your way on our campus or tell you about our new plans.
The 9-story, 330,000 square foot building dedicated to heart and vascular treatment was designed by doctors and other healthcare workers to ensure that new features further enhance patient care and safety across all areas. In addition to patient rooms and state-of-the-art operating rooms, catheterization and electrophysiology labs are included. These areas allow for the most advanced technology to be incorporated as new innovations are developed. The Heart and Vascular Tower will face Essen Lane and is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2013.
Thank you for your patience as we expand to serve the needs of our community and beyond.
New Universal, Pre-Operative and Intensive Care Rooms
Our new universal, pre-operative and intensive care (ICU) rooms are designed with the family and patient in mind.
To enhance patient safety, caregivers have more space to move around, allowing for more efficient care. Dedicated nursing areas outside of each room allow faster access to nurses and more hands-on attention when needed.
The patient rooms in the new tower are called "universal" rooms. This design allows levels of care to change in one setting for the patient instead of the patient moving from floor to floor, meaning patients can remain in a single setting while in the hospital. Universal rooms contribute to better patient safety, more family interaction and improved access and security.
Additional space and oversized windows in the new rooms ensure comfort and ease during visits. All rooms are larger with seating space for family, including ample storage space for personal belongings. The warm color palette used in the rooms is soothing and aids the healing process.
Other room amenities include a pull out sofa, plus shelving and night tables for flowers and personal items.
Newly designed pre-operative rooms include private restrooms, storage space and more comfortable seating area for family members.
Intensive Care Rooms
The 48 new Intensive Care Unit rooms will house medical, surgical, trauma, brain injury and heart patients. These rooms will be complete with best-in-class medical technology and amenities. The new design is larger with beds positioned away from the walls, giving caregivers 360-degree access to patients. Rooms also include a private restroom area and space for one overnight guest to stay with the ICU patient. Family members will no longer have to wait for specific ICU visiting hours to see their loved one.
Trauma Center and ER Expansion