WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS:
- Johnson Johnson Crabtree was selected as architect firm. With input from administration, staff, and physicians, they completed a 12-month design plan to determine floor plans, room layouts, flow, equipment, furniture, and materials for staff efficiency and patient comfort.
- Milton J. Womack was selected as the General Contractor. Using the architect’s design plans they established a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for cost of construction, not to exceed $60M.
- This final GMP was considerably higher than originally estimated because of COVID-19 inflation - cost of materials almost doubled and labor rates rose substantially.
- With Board approval, the GMP for the expansion project was submitted to the USDA for approval. The total cost of the expansion project, including equipment and furniture, is estimated to be $90M.
- After passing State Fire, State Health, and City of Zachary reviews, the USDA is expected to approve our financing request at 2.5% interest, giving us green light to move forward with construction.
- To prepare for the 4-story tower:
- In March, the nursing home residents moved into the newly built Lodge at Lane located behind the hospital;
- Other departments such as HR, Accounting, Staff Development, Quality, Care Management, and Administration have moved or are in the process of moving into temporary spaces throughout the hospital;
- The cafeteria loading dock will be closed, and a new process for deliveries will be established; and
- Staff parking located behind the nursing home and in front of the Cath Lab, and patient parking in the hospital’s front parking (west side) will be eliminated and fenced off as part of the construction zone.
- Once we get final approval from the USDA, construction crews will take about a month to mobilize, bringing in heavy equipment and fencing off the affected areas.
- Demolition will begin shortly thereafter and will take about 3 weeks to complete.
- Construction of the 4-story tower will then begin and is planned to take approximately two years to complete, hopefully by Fall 2024.
- Once the 4-story tower is complete, Phase 2 will begin, which includes relocating patient registration to the front lobby area, modernizing the front portico entrance, cafeteria, gift shop, lab, and imaging areas, and finally renovating the old operating suite to accommodate new waiting, pre/post op, recovery, and endoscopy suite areas.
- Phase 2 will take at least another year to complete, with a final completion date of early 2026.
Expansion Update - January 30, 2022
The architect design team met with key staff and department leaders for an initial review of paint colors, tile, flooring, countertops, cabinet and door finishes, and furniture for both patient care areas and public spaces.
The wall paint colors suggested are soft, neutral, and timeless, and the ceilings will be white. The flooring materials look high-end yet are durable, non-slip, and easy to maintain. The curtain fabric for patient rooms coordinates with the paint colors and are easy to remove and clean. The entire facility will have a similar color pallette or ‘look’ with lots of textures and pops of color on accent walls to help with wayfinding.
Door security was discussed to determine which doors will have badge readers for staff access only, such as OR, OB, ICU, and ER, and which will be accessible to the general public. Some internal doors will have intercoms, and the main entrance doors will have a remote lockdown function.
A life-sized cardboard mock-up of an Operating Room suite was put up for staff and physicians to review. This mock-up allowed them to see the new room layout, including where vital gas and oxygen components, power outlets, and overhead lights will be located. Feedback was given to help modify placement for staff efficiency, patient care functionality, and patient comfort.
Before demolition of the existing space can begin to make room for the construction of the new 4-story tower, eight departments will have to be relocated temporarily. The affected departments are Quality, Case Management, Human Resources, Accounting, Staff Development, Executive Offices, Nursing Services, and Health Information Management. A relocation plan is underway and everyone in these departments will be moved into their new space by the end of May with help from Plant Operations and IT.
The Nursing Home will be moving into their new facility, The Lodge at Lane, being built behind the hospital on Carpenter Road once it is completed in a few months.
Color renderings of public spaces, patient rooms, patient care areas, restrooms, and the cafeteria will be provided to help finalize color selctions, materials, and furniture.
Construction estimates will be finalized once the construction manager reviews the final design documents and confirms quantity of casework/cabinets, power, medical gas, etc.
Groundbreaking is still on track for this summer. The 4-story tower is set to be completed in spring 2024.
First look at proposed overall color pallette.
Carpet for entry vestibles, counter tops, and cabinets/doors.
Patient room wall colors, accent wall colors, and flooring to consider.
Patient care area paint colors and main hallway luxury vinyl flooring.
Patient restroom tiles and poured resin, no-grout, apoxy flooring.
Proposed patterned patient room curtains with snaps for easy removal to launder or replace.
Pulbic restroom tiles, apoxy flooring, and paint colors.
Exterior stone and wall colors.
Dr. Elbourne from Lane OB/GYN provides input for the new OR rooms.
Dr. Sanfiel and Dr. Bourgeois from Lane Surgery Group review the new OR layout and functionality.
Expansion Update - December 10, 2021
The architect design team was recently on site with life-sized cardboard mock-ups of key rooms for staff and physicians to review. These mock-ups allowed staff to see the new room layouts, including where vital gas and oxygen components, power outlets, and light switches are to be placed. They then gave feedback to modify placement for staff efficiency, patient care functionality, and patient comfort.
Detailed finish and furniture reviews are planned for January 2022.
Construction estimates will be finalized once the construction manager reviews the final design development documents and confirms quantity of casework/cabinets, power, medical gas, etc.
Groundbreaking is still estimated to begin in summer 2021 and the 4-story tower to be completed in spring 2024.
In the meantime, behind-the-scenes work continues, such as:
· Fire code analysis and updates needed
· Lift-station/sewage pump upgrade/planning with the city
· IT network evaluation & upgrade
· Traffic impact study
· Medical equipment assessment
Kris Fryoux and Margaret Moore study the new patient room design and layout.
Courtney Day considers the new patient bathroom floorplan.
Jason Gwyn and Dr. Patel envision the new endoscopy room layout with the architect.
Renee Story and Lori Carruth comtemplate the new recovery room arrangement.
Expansion Update - March 2021
Lane recently put out a request for proposal to hire a Construction Manager to deliver the Expansion project at a guaranteed maximum price, including demolition of existing buildings to allow construction of a new four-story patient tower, renovations of the existing surgery department, and renovations of the first floor.
The Selection Committee received five proposals from area construction companies, two were selected and interviewed as final candidates, and one was recommended to the Board for final approval.
At the March 29th Lane Board meeting, the Milton J. Womack, Inc construction company was approved as the Construction Manager for the project.
Groundbreaking is estimated to begin in summer 2022 and the new 4-story tower to be completed in spring 2024.
In the meantime, behind-the-scenes work continues, such as:
- Fire code analysis and updates needed
- Lift-station/sewage pump upgrade/planning with the city
- IT network evaluation & upgrade
- Traffic impact study
- Schematic design process
- Medical equipment assessment
Members of Johnson, Johnson, & Crabtree Architects are on site to look at departmental equipment needs, as well as continue meetings to discuss layout, flow, and design.
You may have noticed colored flags/markings all around the hospital’s campus. These are used to identify where the different underground utilities are located:
- Purple – storm drains
- Red – electricity
- Orange – communication
- Yellow – gas
- Blue – water
Lane Announces Hospital Expansion Project
In February 2019, Lane Regional Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners held a strategic planning meeting to approve a $50M expansion project in support of Lane’s vision to become the best community healthcare system in the nation.
Today, with financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this four-year hospital expansion project is underway and will give Lane an updated facility focused entirely on patient-centered care.
Major changes to the hospital include:
- New four-story tower to house state of the art Surgery Department double its current size, featuring larger surgery suites and outpatient surgery areas
- 48 expansive new patient rooms
- Relocation of patient Registration and Pre-Admission to the front entrance to streamline patient flow
- Expanded Lab and Imaging areas
- Modernized front entrance
The firm of Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects was hired to oversee the project which is currently in Phase 1 - a 12-month design process with input from department leaders, team members, and physicians.
Ground breaking for the first four-story building in Zachary is slated for the spring of 2022.
“We are excited about the project because it expands Lane’s ability to provide exceptional healthcare service to every patient, every time,” said board chair Gaynell Young. “The USDA is investing more than $66 million to assist Lane in expanding access to quality healthcare.”
Through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, Lane received a $61.3 million direct loan and a $4,950,000 guarantee loan for renovations and construction of a four-story tower. A portion of the funds will be used to consolidate existing debt.
“We are pleased to report that USDA funding is truly making a difference modernizing our rural hospitals throughout the state,” USDA Louisiana State Director for Rural Development Roy Holleman said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in deploying this critical infrastructure in Louisiana and across all of America’s rural communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
The project is expected to benefit more than 200,000 people in Zachary and the surrounding regions of Baker, Central, Slaughter, Jackson, Clinton, St. Francisville, New Roads, North Baton Rouge and Southern Mississippi.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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Staci Sullivan, Gaynell Young, Michael Duvall, Larry Meese, Roy Holleman, Tony Matlock, Morgan Washington, David Beck.
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