With a thumbs up from a DPR Construction crew chief, an important beam was lifted into place at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s expansion this morning.
The beam was covered with the signatures of hundreds of hospital employees, as well as the names of men and women who had a hand in the construction of the addition and even patients staying at the hospital during the project.
Many gathered on the construction site in Lansdowne to see the beam hoisted to the top of the seven-story building, that for now is only a skeleton of what’s to come. The hospital’s 382,000-square-foot expansion will add a total of 228 more beds. That includes 24 more neonatal intensive care unit beds; 12 in labor and delivery; 36 postpartum, antepartum and observation beds; 48 beds in the progressive care unit; 12 more surgical beds; and room for 96 future beds.
“It’s not complete yet, but we’re well on our way,” Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO Deborah Addo said. “We wanted to celebrate all of this great progress.”
She thanked the project’s design team at HDR and the construction team at DPR for their hard work—and for pausing that hard work to showcase the project for Tuesday’s event.
“Thanks for allowing us to interrupt your day, but please don’t use this as an excuse to be late on the project,” Addo said with a smile. “We are going to be on time and on budget.”
The $300 million project is scheduled to wrap up by the spring of 2020.
“Today we’re building a legacy—a legacy of the future,” Inova COO and Chief of Staff Ben Frank told those who gathered in what will be the hospital’s lobby. “We’re building something we can all be proud of.”
Scott Hamberger, member of the Inova Loudoun Hospital’s board of trustees, said he recently experienced the hospital’s service firsthand. After returning from Indonesia with a parasite, he spent two nights at the hospital’s Lansdowne campus in the worst pain he can remember.
“Every aspect of my stay at this hospital … was excellent,” he said. “We treat people here with dignity and we interact with patients as authentic human beings. For that there is no higher calling or more noble work, and I thank the staff at this hospital for doing it every day.”
Each hospital administrator who took a turn at the microphone thanked the donors who helped make the expansion possible and Inova’s doctors, nurses and other staff who make the hospital an establishment Loudoun is proud to call their own.
“Thank you, all,” Addo shouted and waved toward the opposite end of the construction site, where about a hundred hospital staff members could be seen waving back from the top level of the parking garage. “None of this would be possible without you.”