Contact: Jennifer Dodd
BIRMINGHAM, ALA --- After years of planning and three years of meticulous construction the wait is over at Princeton Baptist Medical Center as its $57 million expansion, the largest construction project ever undertaken in West Birmingham, comes to completion.
The new construction features a stunning glass and steel exterior facing east and features generous open spaces and allows for an abundance natural light. The 90,000 square feet expansion features a brand new chapel “in the round”, which is a centerpiece inside the expansive lobby area and provides an inviting atmosphere for patient’s families and visitors of all faiths.
However it is what patients and the public won’t see that makes the biggest impact. Sixteen over-sized surgery suites and two more procedure rooms featuring the latest technology provide physicians and staff with a highly efficient surgical environment within which to work. All of the surgery suites are double the size of previous operating rooms used at Princeton BMC. There is an abundance of floor space for equipment, supplies, and staff that will allow the surgery process to flow more smoothly.
One of the most notable “firsts” with the expansion of the new Surgery Department is the addition of a Multi-Specialty Imaging suite that features Alabama’s first Artis ZEEGO multi-axis imaging system by Siemens. This leading-edge robotic technology allows surgeons to perform vascular and radiological images right in the operating room. The importance of clear clinical images during procedures cannot be overstated. Siemen’s boasts that ZEEGO’s outstanding resolution on a medical grade screen enhances both the imaging results and the workflow to give the “whole picture directly at tableside.”
As patients are taken care of in the new state-of-the-art surgery suites, family members can stay in the comfort of the new surgery waiting area which features more than double the space of the previous waiting area. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide an open concept with the second floor of the chapel providing a welcoming circle at the center of the room. Comfortable seating which include more private seating areas for large families and groups provide a relaxing and inviting environment as they await news from the surgery staff.
A critical extension of the Surgery Department is the Sterile Processing Department where instrumentation is sterilized and readied for procedures. The new expansion now features a state-of-the-art sterilization command center where designated elevators were added to take instruments directly to the “dirty” side of the room in preparation for cleaning. After instruments run through the high pressure, high temperature, brand-new sterilization machines, they are then packaged and clean instruments are sorted onto carts and taken back upstairs to the Surgery Department via a “clean” elvator where they are stored until ready for the next surgery.
Each aspect of the surgical expansion builds upon another and care at Princeton will continue at the same high-standard but now it will be in an ultra-modern, technologically-advance setting. Combined with the hospital’s faith-based mission patients will have a postive, comprehensive healing experience.
About Princeton Baptist Medical Center - Opened in 1922, Princeton Baptist is the largest hospital of Baptist Health System. Today, Princeton Baptist is a full service tertiary hospital with approximately 1,500 employees providing a wide range of services including such specialties as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, wound care, cardiac services and surgery, bariatrics, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and orthopedics. This year Princeton celebrates 90 years of medical ministry.
Economic Impact of the Princeton BMC Expansion:
A study commissioned last year by the Baptist Health System examined the economic impact on the area. Some of the key findings include:
- Over the three-year duration of the construction and operation of the project a total of 545 jobs have been or will be created. This consists of 306 direct construction-related jobs, 115 indirect jobs and 124 induced jobs.
- The construction expenditures associated with the project will generate $78.8 million in economic activity and in the city of Birmingham/Jefferson County produce 19.3 million in employement compensation and generate an estimated .42.6 million in combined state and local tax revenues over the three-year project.
After the project is complete, the four medical office buildings and two retirement housing developments on Princeton’s campus will:
- Produce overall operation revenues of $250.7 million;
- Contribute $453.7 million in economic activity to the Birmingham/Jefferson County economy;
- Support 3,247 jobs earning a total of $142.9 million in salaries and wages;
- Princeton BMC is the largest employer in the 35211 zip code and employs more than 1400 full-time employees which is approximately 14 percent of all the jobs within the zip code.
Construction Fun Facts:
It takes a lot of manpower and materials to complete a project of the magnitude of the Princeton East Expansion. Here are a few stats:
- 300,000 pounds or 1.5 tons of duct work
- More than 5,000 linear feet of new site utilities
- 8,000 cubic yards of concrete
- Almost 8 miles of blocking
- 1,500 gallons of paint
- 12,851 pieces of sheet rock
- 3,639 electrical outlets
- 325,000 linear feet of data cabling