BROOKFIELD, WIS.—Hammes Company, based in Brookfield, Wis., has been tapped by Valley Health, a Winchester, Va.-based nonprofit health system, to serve as project manager on three new critical access hospital (CAH) projects in the Northern Shenandoah Valley region.
Two of the CAH hospitals recently opened and the third is set to open in the first quarter of 2014. The projects are:
• War Memorial Hospital, a two-story, 87,000-sq.-ft. facility on 80.5 acres at 1 Healthy Way, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.;
• Hampshire Memorial Hospital, a two-and-a-half story, 88,000-sq.-ft. facility on 49.5 acres at 363 Sunrise Blvd. in Romney, W.Va.; and
• Page Memorial Hospital, a two-story, 67,000 sq.-ft. replacement facility on 15.3 acres at 200 Memorial Dr., Luray, Va.
“To have three brand new, technologically advanced, environmentally efficient, patient- and staff-friendly hospitals in these particular communities might have been deemed impossible at one time,” said Mark Baker, Valley Health corporate director of construction services and project management. “Working with Hammes Company has helped us achieve an invaluable asset for the residents of Morgan, Hampshire and Page counties.”
All three hospitals carry the CAH designation, making them eligible for special payments under Medicare. To qualify for this federal designation, a hospital must be located in a rural area, have no more than 25 inpatient beds, provide 24-hour emergency services, have an average length-of-stay for its patients of 96 hours or less, be located more than 35 miles (or more than 15 miles in areas with mountainous terrain) from the nearest hospital or be designated as a necessary provider by its state.
In addition to meeting these designations, all three Valley Health facilities have been built to meet important sustainability, operational and design standards. The hospitals incorporate such green features as a roofing system that leads to energy conservation and environmentally efficient mechanical and electrical systems. There are also day-lighting features that have been created using environmentally enhanced windows, providing healing exterior views.
The architect for all three hospitals is the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will. The general contractor on War Memorial Hospital and Hampshire Memorial Hospital is Howard Shockey and Sons of Winchester, Va. Page Memorial Hospital is currently undergoing the bidding process for its project teams.