Construction on the Irwin Army Community Hospital Replacement Project has reached a new milestone and is about 85 percent complete.
The new facility is scheduled to open in late 2014 and will be about 550,000 square feet. It is designed to meet today's medical needs, outfitted with state-of-the-art medical technology, while focused on tomorrow's medicine.
The future hospital will serve about 50,000 TRICARE beneficiaries throughout the Central Flint Hills Region, including Soldiers, Families and retirees.
The contemporary facility is the largest medical construction in the history of Fort Riley. The project is injecting millions of dollars of economic benefit into the CFHR with about 450 jobs during construction.
From a sustainment standpoint, the new facility will be more efficient meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification standards to reduce burden on the surrounding community from power and water usage. LEED Silver certification standards include use of recycled building materials located within 500 miles of the project.
The new facility also is constructed with Evidenced-Based Design. EBD incorporates best practices from private sector and clinical research health care facility designs to enhance positive patient clinical outcomes.
The new 47-bed, five-level hospital includes inpatient and ambulatory care, outpatient clinics, inpatient behavioral health facilities, a traumatic brain injury treatment center and a parking structure.
Enhanced features will include:
• Full in-house CT and MRI capabilities
• Two endoscopy suites
• Expanded Emergency Room Department
• Integrated operating suites
• Pain clinic
• Refractive eye center
• Sleep lab
The hospital also will have a healing garden and water wall feature, which will promote a healthier care and work environment in a state-of-the-art facility.