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Updates at Tacoma General and Mary Bridge will improve care
Responding to increasing demand for services, MultiCare Health System will remodel and update the areas that serve women, newborns and children at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital beginning next summer.
The four-year project will bring additional pediatric intensive care beds, a refreshed Tacoma General Family Birth Center and an improved Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“We are committed to developing and improving services for women and children,” said Kathy Smith, RN, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations. “In talking with patients, providers, and employees, it became clear that we could not achieve this vision in our current facilities. These areas have not been updated for more than two decades, even as the demand for these services continues to grow.”
The remodeling project will bring the newest technology to take care of patients as well as expand rooms to meet the new models for family-centered care.
“These rooms were all built to accommodate taking care of patients but we now know that taking care of families is also a big part of our job and makes a big difference in the outcome for a patient,” Smith said. “When we are finished, we will have space that will meet all of the care needs but also allow family members to be a part of the healing.”
The remodel project will mean private rooms for all neonatal patients and their families, larger birth suites in the Family Birth Center and additional pediatric intensive care beds to take care of the region’s sickest patients.
Construction will begin this summer and will bring 350 local jobs during the course of the project. Construction workers will be required to park offsite so as not to disrupt parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital. MultiCare will collaborate with neighborhood groups on the design of the project.
Expansion location: Two floors will be added to the top of the Milgard Pavilion, which was built in 2010 and houses the Tacoma General and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Emergency Departments and the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center. The Rainier Pavilion, which faces Wright Park, will be remodeled and expanded toward South I Street.