The physicians and staff of Centennial Medical Center’s Heart Center are well on their way to enjoying new digs, which are scheduled to open in the summer of 2012.
“Centennial continues to reach significant milestones in the completion of the new $143 million Heart Center expansion, with major structural steel installation already complete for the tower expansion,” said Carol Fite, Centennial public relations manager. “Interior walls for the new cardiovascular operating rooms and cath labs are currently in place, and the concrete decking on the new floors and roof is complete.” Fite said the Heart Center would have “a new front face” this month.
The dedicated Heart Center entrance at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Patterson Street provides patients with direct access to the facility’s third floor, which will house all cardiac-care services. The massive South Tower crane disappeared from Nashville’s landscape in December, and the North Tower crane is expected to be removed in March. Hite said a new pharmacy would be completed and operational in April, allowing access to renovate more of the existing third floor for the Heart Center.
Designed by Earl Swennson Associates, ground was broken on the project last spring. The Centennial renovation and expansion adds 100,000 square feet; creates new reception, registration and waiting areas; adds a 2,400 square-foot classroom; and simplifies patient drop off. The project includes a new cardiovascular suite with four open-heart ORs and a hybrid OR, and a new cardiac catheterization suite with a total of seven cath, electrophysiology and endovascular labs.