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New $267M MTMC quickly becoming reality

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Construction of the new Middle Tennessee Medical Center is on schedule to be complete by Aug. 2, 2010, said the senior project manager.

The hospital, which has been under construction for nearly a year, will start receiving patients by November 2010, said Andy Davis, of the project’s construction company, Turner Universal.

Patient rooms and operating rooms in the $267 million state-of-the-art facility are now taking shape. Exterior masonry is scheduled to be complete by October; most of the rear of the hospital is already fully bricked.

“Building the new MTMC has been a dream for many years, and we are thrilled that this dream is quickly becoming a reality,” said Angie Boyd-Chambers, public relations director for MTMC.

“April 16 will mark the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking, and it is amazing to see the amount of work that has been accomplished in such a short amount of time,” she continued. “We are thrilled to say that in 20 months, we will be caring for patients in our new hospital.”

The focal point of the first floor of the hospital will be the chapel and gardens. The floor also will contain administrative and other offices, dietary services, imaging and laboratory. The second floor will contain critical care rooms, operating rooms and same-day surgery and a pharmacy. Labor and delivery and post-partum rooms will be on the third floor. The fourth through seventh floors will house standard patient rooms.

Davis said Turner Universal is well on its well to “delivering a facility that would maximize the views of beautiful Murfreesboro.”

Windows are another focal point of the hospital. Patient rooms feature floor to ceiling windows measuring 6 feet by 8 feet. Windows at the end of the hallways and at the elevator banks provide a calming atmosphere for patients, visitors and staff as well as help visitors navigate through the hospital.

Much planning went into creating a healing environment inside the hospital with its planned gardens and water feature, abundance of natural light and measures to reduce noise, hospital officials said.

Patient rooms were designed with patient safety and efficiency at the forefront. Each room is standardized with zones for staff, the patient and family. Rooms are about 100 square feet larger than at the current facility.

Outside each patient room is an alcove that will contain regularly used supplies so nurses can spend less time gathering supplies.

“Hunting, fetching and gathering is a waste of time,” said Michael Bratton, chief nursing officer at MTMC. “Our design is intended to balance that so nurses spend more time with patients.”

Erin Edgemon can be reached at 869-0812 and at eedgemon@murfreesboropost.com.

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