For 10 years Intermountain Healthcare has acquired more than 75 homes on the south side of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. Now that these homes have been acquired and demolished, workers are ready to begin a $430-million replacement project that will include a new patient tower, outpatient building, walking paths and more.
“We knew we needed more land to make this project work. The only option we had was to purchase homes to the south of the hospital. We began this process about 10 years ago,” hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank said.
The current campus is nearly 80 years old. It was built in 1939. Steve Smoot, Intermountain Healthcare’s South Region vice president and Utah Valley Regional CEO, said in a press release June 15, “As the community has grown and the need for more advanced, high-quality healthcare has increased, we have responded by designing a campus that will not only allow for leading-edge care today but allows for the same level of treatment for decades to come.”
Intermountain broke ground on June 17. This project is expected to continue until 2019, with the new buildings being finished in the fall of 2018; the existing patient building will then be torn down.
To make room for the new tower, the current rehabilitation facility will be torn down in the next four to five weeks. The hospital has been making room inside to house the rehab service on the third floor while the new tower is under construction.
According to current project renderings the new patient tower will be relocated to the southwest corner of the hospital campus and will be 12 stories tall, as opposed to the current seven. Patient rooms in the tower will be large and private, with views of the mountains and the valley. The new outpatient building will stand were the current helipad is located. This outpatient building will house multiple clinics and an InstaCare. The new helipad will be located closer to the patient tower.
Sunni Archibald, a mother of two and a longtime Provo resident, said, “I think all of the changes are great. Provo is growing, and we need a hospital that will grow with us. I am excited for the new InstaCare building because as a mom you never know when you might need to make a visit.”
Additional changes and improvements include a large pond and waterfall, a walking path around the campus, stairwells with natural light and increased parking.
Construction will create some challenges for patrons, mostly in parking. “Construction will create parking challenges, not traffic challenges,” Frank said. There will be free valet parking in front of the west building Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also patient parking lots on the south side of 940 North between 300 and 500 West, as well as on the lower level of the parking terrace.