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Providence Alaska Medical Center Unveils Major Campus Expansion


"Generations" project will improve NICU, maternity and surgery


ANCHORAGE, AK - Providence Alaska Medical Center unveiled details Wednesday about a major campus expansion that will expand and modernize the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Prenatal and Mother Baby Units and cardiac surgery program and renovate other areas of the hospital. On Feb. 23, Providence submitted a certificate of need application to the State of Alaska for the project.

"At Providence, serving Alaskans' needs for health care both now and in the future is core to our mission," Providence Health & Services Alaska chief executive Al Parrish stated. "Generations was designed based on assessing community need for health care services and identifying what Providence needs to do now to prepare the hospital campus to serve current and future generations of Alaskans."

As Alaska's largest health care provider, Providence is the only provider of many specialized health care services in Alaska, such as advanced prenatal services and the Level II/III NICU. This project expands those critical areas to serve a statewide need for those services.

The project, called "Generations," in recognition of the Providence commitment to care for generations of Alaskans, consists of:
* modernization and expansion of the NICU from 47 beds to 66 beds;
* modernization and expansion of the prenatal, mother-baby, obstetric triage and labor and delivery areas of the maternity center;
* expansion of the cardiac surgery program by adding a second dedicated operating room for cardiac surgery. One of the dedicated operating rooms will be a "hybrid" room equipped with imaging technology;
* modernization and renovation of the surgical services area to provide better workflow and to meet the needs of today's advanced technology;
* relocation and expansion of ancillary services (sterile processing, materials management and pharmacy).

"Generations is critically important to the future delivery of health care in Alaska," said PAMC chief executive Richard Mandsager, MD. "The NICU must be expanded in order to continue to provide the highest level of care possible for sick babies in Alaska. In addition, expansion and modernization of our Prenatal and Mother-Baby Units, surgery services and the cardiac surgery program will ensure that we are equipped with the most modern medical technology and most efficient physical facilities in the state."

Construction on the $150.3 million project is planned to begin in January 2011 and will last through December 2014.

For more information: http://providence.org/generations


Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska<http://www.providence.org/alaska>.
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