STEUBENVILLE – Trinity Health System’s new addition is on track for a mid-2021 completion, despite a weather-related setback in November.
CEO Matt Grimshaw said gale-force winds late in November ripped the wrap off the project, so the contractor had to rewrap the building with a stronger material.
“We’re working with contractors to get it re-wrapped and enclosed so we can continue making progress,” he said. “The steel is (in), they’re pouring the concrete. Our mechanical and electrical contractors are gearing up to go in the buildings.”
Grimshaw said the work, part of a $75 million building project, is “not quite” at the halfway point.
“The first six months it was all below ground,” he said. “A lot of site work and demolition, it was six months of prep. We really didn’t break ground until March.”
Crews had to demolish the old Teramana building to make way for a new, five-story, 183,000-plus square-foot addition featuring more than 80 new private patient rooms and baths, and new public spaces, including a food court and atrium. They’ll also be moving offices and services now based at Trinity Medical Center East onto the Trinity Medical Center West campus, a move hospital officials say will “make health care more affordable and more efficient” in the Upper Ohio Valley.
Trinity is also investing in new, state-of-the-art equipment, including the latest-generation robotic surgery in 2020.
Grimshaw said they’re looking at mid-2021 for completion of the new addition, so there’s about 18 months to go.
“We’re at least one-third of the way through, the heavy work is done,” he said. “The next milestone will be getting the building dressed. It’s a big project.”
Meanwhile, Grimshaw said the Trinity Health System Foundation is preparing for a major fundraising event April 4, the first major event of its new capital campaign.
“We’ve kicked off a capital campaign…not to pay for what we’re currently building, but for what we’re planning next,” Grimshaw said.
Their fundraising target is $10 million, money that will be used to support future investments at Trinity.
“It’s vital for us to maintain our connection to the community and make sure we have the financing for what’s next,” he said. “It fills a gap…and gives us flexibility, the ability to generate money when the need arises for equipment and facilities down the road.”
When she unveiled plans for the capital campaign in March, Trinity Health System Foundation Manager Catherine Poludniak said their goal was to ensure the hospital is “loaded with the latest in innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment.”