For nearly two years, team members at Indiana University Health West Hospital have been working to literally “raise the roof” and open the hospital’s $84M expansion project.
“Our ability to provide care to all of the patients who need us has been challenged by our capacity,” says Doug Puckett, president of the IU Health Indianapolis Suburban Region, which includes IU Health West, North, Saxony and Tipton hospitals. “We serve a growing community and have been proud to serve the people of Hendricks County and beyond since we opened in late 2004. This expansion sets the stage for IU Health and IU Health West to continue to be the first choice for patients in our market for years to come.”
The IU Health West Hospital vertical expansion will increase the hospital’s inpatient capacity by more than 50%, adding 48 inpatient beds. It will add one floor to the hospital’s “B” inpatient tower, in addition to adding two floors on the north side of the building (the “A” tower) to expand functional spaces including operating rooms, cath lab, lab, inpatient pharmacy, kitchen/cafe and classroom areas. The expansion also calls for additional parking.
Earlier this year, on September 3, 2019, the hospital celebrated a major construction milestone — a topping out ceremony. Construction projects, including this one, traditionally hold a “topping out” ceremony to mark the placement of the final steel beam in the structural frame. Hundreds of IU Health West team members signed the final two steel beams that were used in the ceremony, and the beams were elevated and dropped into place with a crane.
The expansion at IU Health West Hospital will open in phases beginning mid-2020. Construction is taking place in phases, allowing the hospital to remain open during construction and is strategically planned to minimize disruption to patient care.