Board Approves Expansion and Renovation Projects

Regional Medical Center at Memphis Embarking on Expansion Projects

Trauma Center, Turner Tower, Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Surgery Included in Plans

Regional Medical Center at Memphis’ Board of Directors has approved two significant capital improvement projects, allowing the health system to expand and improve upon several patient care areas in the hospital.  The Board approved spending $32,400,000 for the projects, which include expansions in the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center and the Turner Tower Complex which houses the Firefighters Regional Burn Center. The Turner Tower project includes the expansion of the Firefighters Regional Burn Center and the build out of three vacant floors for the relocation of the inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital, an Outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Unit and acute care patient rooms.

“The expansion and relocation of these vital patient care areas will help us enhance service to our patients and to our community by providing increased capacity,” said Dr. Reginald Coopwood, President and CEO at Regional Medical Center at Memphis.  “This expansion and renovation is a significant step in our efforts to improve and redevelop our campus.”

The facility improvements are divided into two large scale projects – renovate the Critical Care Assessment area in the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center and the development and renovation of unused space in Turner Tower, including expansion of the Burn Center.

The design of the Critical Care Assessment area is outdated and includes limited assessment space.  The current design contributes to disjointed workflow, creating operational inefficiencies. Square footage will be added in the Trauma Center, modernizing and increasing the amount of assessment space.  Renovation work is scheduled to begin soon and is projected to be complete in December 2012. 

Turner Tower was constructed in 1992 and currently has three floors that have never been built out.  As one of the newest buildings on campus, it can better accommodate modern and more patient-centered care facilities,and will be easily incorporated into future development plans.  The Turner Tower project includes several components, including relocating services from other areas of the hospital, increasing capacity and improving the patient and guest experience. This $30 million capital project will build out three vacant floors in Turner Tower, install required infrastructure upgrades and renovate other areas in the building.  This project includes:

  • Relocation, expansion and modernization of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
  • Creation of a new Outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Unit.
  • Opening a 24 private room unit for adult acute care patients. 
  • Expansion of the dedicated Burn inpatient surgery suite to accommodate a second Burn operating room.
  • Relocation of the Critical Care Waiting Room.

“These improvements are a necessary first step in achieving our vision of advancing healthcare in this region,” said Dr. Coopwood.  “We are fortunate to have these resources to reinvest in the community. As we continue to move forward, community and philanthropic partnerships, both large and small, will aid us in continuing to advance quality healthcare in our community.” 

The hospital is required to obtain state approval for the Turner Tower project and will file a Certificate of Need within the next month. Approval is anticipated within four months.  The Turner Tower project includes more than 88,000 square feet and will be completed in stages over the next year and a half.  The estimated completion date for the entire Turner Tower project is December 2013.