U of U Health is growing and changing for the better. To keep pace with rapid advancements in medical research and technology, and a burgeoning patient population in the Mountain West, we are transforming our Salt Lake City campus to meet the needs of our region for decades to come. The largest capital project in the history of our organization, this multi-year endeavor will reshape and modernize our campus, dramatically enhancing our capacity to advance our educational, research and clinical missions. At the center of the transformation is our School of Medicine, a venerable yet aging facility that no longer supports our long-term goals. Three completely new buildings – the University Hospital Area E (Acute Care), the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Medical Education & Discovery Complex (MEDX) – have been completed or are in various stages of planning and construction. Additionally, a separate Infill Project will provide much-needed space for important clinical work, while the all-new Sugar House Health Center will expand our offerings away from the main campus.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AREA E (Acute Care Center) – now open!
The new University Hospital Area E, formally known as the Acute Care Center, will be a 315,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility built to address the needs of the Wasatch Front’s rapidly growing population. To be completed in two phases, the center will create more convenient access for patients who require world-class expertise for their care. The new building will allow us to shift lower-acuity patient visits out of the hospital, optimizing our operational efficiency in both facilities while providing the highest possible quality of care. Area E will also enable students and recruits to train inter-professionally in what is arguably the best clinical care environment in the nation. Phase one of the project opened in late 2019, while phase two opened in 2020.
Infill Project – Now Open!
In addition to several entirely new buildings, U of U Health’s Campus Transformation includes an “Infill Project,” constructed in the space that previously housed the utility courtyard between the main hospital and the Eccles Critical Care Pavilion. The Infill Project creates five new levels of usable space (over 15,000 square feet), much of which will be dedicated to new equipment for Interventional Radiology and imaging reading rooms, while two levels have yet to be allocated. This “building within a building” is also notable as an impressive architectural and engineering achievement. Working in close proximity to U of U Health’s Burn Center and Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the project crew has employed unconventional techniques and gone to great lengths to make the safety and comfort of our current patients the highest priority. Set to open in early 2020, the new facility will improve the hospital’s radiology capabilities while making life easier for hospital patients who no longer have to visit a separate building for imaging.
The Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital will be the preeminent destination in the Mountain West for patients recovering from and adjusting to life-altering injuries and conditions. With 170,000 square feet, this advanced facility will be a restorative and healing environment designed to speed recovery and improve quality of life after patients return home. In addition, the hospital will become a nexus of collaboration for experts in allied health professions, technology and rehabilitation science. It will provide space for innovative partnerships such as the one with the GApp Lab, a collaboration between the Center for Medical Innovation and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program focusing on using therapeutic games and apps for rehabilitative treatment. Currently under construction to the immediate east of the School of Medicine, the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to be complete in 2020. When it opens, it will fulfill the donor’s and U of U Health’s shared vision to bring together educators, health care providers and researchers to support the advancement of rehabilitative medicine.
The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute will extend from the north end of HCI’s buildings on the campus of the U of U in Salt Lake City. Located within the U of U Health medical infrastructure on campus, the expansion will allow the HCI to grow by 200,000 square feet and add 48 new inpatient hospital rooms. It will include four floors of clinical space, an expanded wellness and integrative health center, two floors of faculty offices and two floors available for future build-out based on patient needs. The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers will increase HCI’s clinical care capacity by 50%.
Medical Education and Discovery COMPLEX (MEDX)
The Medical Education and Discovery Complex (MEDX) will be the hub of our educational enterprise, and a place to engage the public in U of U Health’s vision for the future of medicine. The new building will serve as a replacement for the existing School of Medicine (Building 521), which is planned for demolition. Reimagined learning and workspaces, including a new donor funded Innovation & Discovery Center, will take advantage of modern technology and efficient designs to foster collaboration and inspired thinking like never before. Students, faculty and industry partners will come together here to create, test and implement solutions to health care’s most vexing problems. Currently, U of U Health is fine-tuning and finalizing programming for the MEDX and planning phases involve in-depth studies of workplace needs, as well research to identify the ideal site on the U of U Health campus.