Utah Valley Hospital opens new, 12-story patient tower, nearing the end of $430M renovation

PROVO — Patients at Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital will soon be treated to the most technologically advanced rooms with a view that are bigger and much more private.

The hospital is wrapping up a $430-million, four-year building replacement project, getting rid of outdated facilities, some of which are nearly 80 years old.

The public can tour the newly completed Todd and Andie Pedersen Patient Tower, named for the BYU graduate and Vivint Smart Home founder, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients will be moved to a fully operational facility on Jan. 27.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Jed Trumpet, emergency preparedness manager for the south area of Intermountain Hospitals, shows points out the decontamination showers outside the new Pedersen Patient Tower at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

All that is left to complete the project is a pedestrian bridge over 500 West, a healing garden in place of the old east tower, which will be torn down beginning in February, and upgrades to a couple older spaces that will have new hospital-related occupants, said hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank.

“It really has been necessary,” she said, adding that the aging hospital has become outdated. It is increasingly more common for patients to have friends and family stay with them through the duration of their hospitalization and there just isn’t room in the smaller rooms in the old east tower.

“As technology and medicine has advanced, the rooms just haven’t,” Frank said.

New patient rooms are at least double the size of the aging ones and offer all the necessary medical equipment at the ready. The 600,000-square-foot, 12-story building is also designed to allow for relatively quick expansion of its already enhanced intensive care unit, should the need arise.

In addition to the 234 patient rooms — just 10 more than was in the old building — the Pedersen Tower houses a larger and better-designed emergency department, new surgical and interventional space, imaging and a new clinical evaluation unit. The 10th floor has room for future expansion, when it is needed and, of course, there will be a newly designed gift shop and cafeteria.

Frank said that once it is officially open, the cafeteria, now on the main floor, will again be offering its famous milkshakes, which have become a favorite of many BYU students who frequent the eatery just because.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Maria Black, nurse administrator, shows some features of an intensive care unit room at the new Pedersen Patient Tower at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

She said a good number of community members also have their favorites at the cafeteria, and a more friendly and open space will allow for more interaction.

“The cafeteria is going to be awesome,” Frank said, adding that there is more seating and a bigger cafeteria space to enhance the culinary selection.

The Pedersen Tower, which stands across from the already functional Sorenson Legacy Tower for outpatient services, becomes the tallest building in the valley …read more

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