Memorial Hospital to expand with 10-story patient bed tower

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Memorial Hospital of South Bend is launching one of the biggest construction expansions in its 129-year history.

The first outward signs of the hospital’s new 10-story patient bed tower will soon be visible.

The project will comprise seven new patient care floors, a renovation and expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and the redesign and renovation of other areas and departments. More than 50 patient beds will be added and an estimated 500 new jobs created when the project is completed in March 2026.

Patient rooms will be larger, more quiet and will have their own temperature controls.

Every room will also feature new dedicated family and visitor spaces.

From the outside, hospital leaders say the more-than $230-million dollar project will redefine the skyline in downtown South Bend.

Below is more information about the expansion plans from Beacon Health System:

Renewing its commitment to serve the City of South Bend and surrounding communities for generations to come, Memorial Hospital of South Bend is launching one of the most transformative construction projects in its 129-year history.

The new 10-story patient bed tower project will comprise seven new patient care floors, a renovation and expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and the redesign and renovation of other areas and departments across the downtown hospital campus. More than 50 patient beds will be added and an estimated 500 new jobs created when the project is completed in March 2026.

The estimated $232 million investment will not only transform and reshape how Memorial Hospital provides patient care, but also redefine the skyline in downtown South Bend.

Beacon Health System initiated a master facility plan process in June 2019 to evaluate its inpatient bed tower.

The result is a plan that will redefine, and in some cases expand the space and facilities Memorial Hospital has available for adult critical care, adult acute care, emergency and trauma care, ICU, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.

Hundreds of associates have been working alongside hospital leaders, imagining and designing the patient-centered tower that is designed to improve the patient, provider and family experience. The project will transform or touch almost every part of the hospital. Patient rooms will be larger, quieter and will have their own temperature controls, and they will be equipped with telemetry, remote monitored alarms and mobility lifts. Every room will also feature new dedicated family and visitor spaces.

The patient tower’s expanded capacity and technologically advanced features will help meet the growing health care needs of our community and allow patients to remain close to home for high acuity care. Memorial Hospital offers the only Level II Trauma center within 90 miles, the only Children’s Hospital and Pediatric ICU in the region and the only air-medical transport in the region.

The pandemic has provided Beacon Health System with new learnings that have helped us shape tower space design. Beyond the patient room improvements, the tower will feature improved ventilation, floors with negative pressure rooms, new way-finding for ease of access for patients and families and more natural light and outdoor spaces for patients, visitors and staff. A new central elevator bank will provide access to nearly all levels of the hospital from the main lobby.

Including construction, increased economic activity and projected local employment gains, the project will have a more than $400 million economic impact on the community, according to an analysis conducted by the South Bend Regional Chamber.

Learn more about this project and others at www.community.beaconhealthsystem.org.

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