North Tower: Taking Healthcare to New Heights
Representing the largest expansion in Cone Health history, construction of the $200 million, six-story North Tower was recently completed at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. North Tower is at the center of an even greater commitment to becoming a national leader in quality, service and cost in the delivery of healthcare.
"Development of North Tower allows us to take a giant leap forward toward delivering nationally-recognized, top-performing patient care well into the next decade," says Tim Rice, Chief Executive Officer, Cone Health. "North Tower allows us to plan the delivery of our high quality healthcare 20 to 30 years down the road, not just what we'll need three to five years from now."
North Tower will be the most visible symbol of nearly six decades of commitment to caring for the community as established by the Cone family with the opening of Moses Cone Hospital in 1953. Cone Health has invested more than $500 million into facilities and equipment since 2000 and has provided more than $800 million in uncompensated care for patients over the last decade.
North Tower will add more than 260,000 square feet and will allow for the replacement of semi-private rooms with 96 large, private patient rooms designed to enhance patient recovery and safety. Studies show private rooms provide more restful sleep, less stress, fewer patient transfers, reduced patient waiting and even reductions in infection rates.
North Tower patient rooms and family/visitor areas will feature more natural light and views, temperature and lighting controls, noise-reducing design and family zones with daybeds and separate lighting.
Other features of North Tower at Moses Cone Hospital include:
- 16 modern operating rooms, which will improve efficiency, privacy and care. Operating rooms will be arranged by surgical specialty around sterile cores to provide easy access to supplies and equipment.
- A new main entrance to Moses Cone Hospital off of Church Street.
- A high-efficiency emergency department to meet peak demand periods. Development of the North Tower will increase the number of treatment rooms and add a dedicated pharmacy and expanded laboratory to the emergency department.
- Two nursing stations on each of the three patient floors with conferencing areas for patients and families. Computer charting stations between patient rooms will allow doctors and nurses to spend more time with patients. These stations make it easier to see and monitor patients by bringing patient information and supplies closer to caregivers.
- North Tower will be LEED-certified, reflecting socially responsible architecture. North Tower will take advantage of natural light and passive energy while using less energy and natural resources in its construction and operation. In addition to energy savings from a new power plant and solar hot water, North Tower will be the first healthcare facility in the state and one of only three hospitals in the United States to heat and cool patient rooms with "chilled beams" - a water/convection-based heating and air-conditioning system.
Once the North Tower is completed, 83,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated. This will be completed in early 2015 and will add new pre-surgical preparation and post surgery recovery areas to support the 16 operating rooms in the North Tower.
North Tower was designed by the Perkins+Will architectural firm in Charlotte. Perkins+Will has been recognized for work at Johns Hopkins Hospital, UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospital and the Duke Medicine Pavilion.
Brasfield & Gorrie of Raleigh, a construction services provider with healthcare project experience working with Carolina's Medical Center and Duke Health as well as other medical plazas, will serve as general contractor.
Affiliated Engineers Inc. of Chapel Hill will provide engineering services. The technical consulting firm offers experience in sustainable design with notable projects, including the master plan and central utility plant at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital, CoGen Steam Tunnel Replacement and Cobb Chiller Plant.