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Riverside adds 3 floors to its Peninsula Pavilion. The price tag: $75 million

Pavilion at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Riverside Regional Medical Center)
Pavilion at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Riverside Regional Medical Center)

NEWPORT NEWS — Riverside Regional Medical Center on Wednesday night announced the addition of three floors to its Pavilion as part of its $75 million expansion project.

The announcement was made during the hospital’s open house in Newport News. It was streamed on Facebook Live.

The medical center, located off J. Clyde Morris Boulevard across Christopher Newport University, was built in 1963 and has undergone three major renovations since, the most recent in 2013, when Riverside built two floors at the Pavilion.

The first floor is filled with multiple operating rooms; the second floor houses the ICU and surgery rooms. In total, both floors include 72 new beds and surgical suites, said Mike Doucette, senior vice president and administrator of Riverside Regional Medical Health Center.

The project which started in June 2016, added three more floors to the existing Pavilion, an additional 150,000 square feet.

Jordan Construction was the contractor for the project. The nurses and caregivers at Riverside provided input into the overall layout of the three hospital floors.

Patient room in the Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Medical Center (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Riverside Medical Center)
Patient room in the Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Regional Medical Center (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Riverside Medical Center)

The new third floor is considered “mechanical” and takes care of the building’s air conditioning. The fourth and fifth floors contain 144 private patients rooms. Each of the rooms is large enough for families to stay overnight and includes various amenities such as a sleeper sofa, Doucette said.

“We are are financing (the project) through tax-exempt bonds,” said Peter Glogola, Riverside Health System’s spokesman.

Some of the funds were used for other units at the hospital, such as expansions of the orthopedic trauma center, Medical Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Care Units, and a new neurological unit for stroke care. Some were used for upgrades in technology for patient rooms.

Construction ended in July and Riverside has been installing new technology and training staff ever since, Glagola said.

The Pavilion will officially open Sept. 10.

Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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