ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, an extensive remodel began at Presbyterian Hospital’s two west-facing patient towers. The towers were originally built in the 1970s and most of the rooms are semi-private with dated fixtures. The multi-year remodel will bring Presbyterian Hospital to the forefront of hospital design, improved patient care and much of the decades-old infrastructure will be replaced.
The remodel is centered on evidence-based design and the best practices Presbyterian Healthcare Services learned in the construction of Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. When the remodel is complete, the patient towers will feature all private patient rooms with natural light, sound-resistant ceilings and more space so that family members are able to support and contribute to the healing process.
Construction will begin on the first floor and work up – completely gutting and remodeling each floor, replacing all mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructures. Most of the construction will take place inside but scaffolding and an elevator will be visible on the outside of the building. This will allow materials to be brought in and debris to be taken out without interfering with the busy hospital.
As the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system, Presbyterian is owned by the communities it serves and must be good financial stewards. The Presbyterian Hospital remodel is just one example of how Presbyterian is reinvesting in the community and strengthening its integrated system. Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital is also undergoing a remodel to better meet the needs of Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights residents. The $11.5 million project is currently underway and is expected to be complete by February 2014.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,600 respected employees and growing.