Friday, November 24th, 2017

PHH to expand facility, build wound clinic

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Parkview Huntington Hospital is preparing for a renovation and expansion project to better serve residents of Huntington County and the surrounding area. The project will enhance the hospital’s Rehab and Wellness Department and add new services, including state-of-the-art treatment for non-healing wounds. Construction will begin later this month, and is anticipated to be complete early in 2019.

The $8.5 million expansion represents the second major construction project since the facility opened in 2000. In 2002, 12 patient rooms were added to the Medical Surgical area.

The new 20,271-square-foot addition will extend the current Rehab and Wellness Department space to the east, marrying it with the back of the John B. Kay Medical Office Building. The Parkview Huntington Hospital Wound Clinic will occupy 3,657 square feet of space and have its own exterior entrance at the northeast corner of the property.

“We are incredibly excited about what this project will mean for our patients and their families and caregivers,” says Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “The expanded space will allow us to offer more treatment options and wellness services for patients in a more comfortable environment. And the new wound clinic will make a tremendous difference in the lives of people who deal with painful, stubborn wounds. This project is the realization of a long-held dream.”

The expansion will: Provide a home for the new wound clinic, offering the latest, clinically proven wound-care methods and featuring two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers to promote healing of difficult wounds caused by diabetes, burns or other injuries, vasculitis, and many other conditions. Enable pediatric therapy services to move from the hospital’s lower level to a larger, specially designed area incorporating sensory, motor skills, and physical therapy gyms, as well as space for pediatric occupational therapy and speech therapy. Provide additional private consultation rooms and exam rooms dedicated to particular types of therapy for adult patients, such as lymphedema therapy, dry needling and manual therapy. Offer a larger space for the Activities of Daily Living Lab, in which rehab patients focus on regaining skills such as getting in and out of bed, bathing, and performing household tasks. Provide space for the addition of new types of therapy and wellness-oriented programming. House the newly renovated Adult Fitness Center.

“The expansion will help us more fully achieve our mission of improving our patients’ health and inspiring their well-being,” says Johnson. “Recently, we’ve added telehealth services, such as telecardiology, with the goal of enabling more patients to stay close to home for treatment when appropriate. This bricks-and-mortar project is similarly focused on patient convenience; we’ll be able to offer an even wider array of services, and spare patients and their family members from having to drive one or two counties away for specialized care.”

Moake Park Group of Fort Wayne is the architecture firm of record for the project. Weigand Construction, also of Fort Wayne, is the general contractor. Parkview Huntington will partner on wound care with Healogics, a leading provider of advanced chronic wound care technologies. Parkview Huntington Hospital will symbolically break ground on the expansion project during a private, invitation-only ceremony on Friday, November 17. Once the project is completed in 2019, the public will be invited to an open house event.