Patient, family care and experience at core of CareFirst project

February 24, 2015


Many of you read the announcement about our CareFirst plans in November, and just a few weeks ago, you began seeing the CareFirst window clings and banners around the Main Campus. The CareFirst initiative will drive our reinvestment in the programs our most critically ill patients need – primarily in the Critical Care units, operating rooms, Heart Center, Emergency Center and many of our Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services.

We recently spoke with a mother whose child spent three months in our pediatric intensive care unit. The mother, along with President and CEO Mark A. Wallace and some of our leaders who are driving the capital project, explain what CareFirst will really mean to our patients, their families and our staff and employees.

Below are some key facts and figures about the CareFirst project.

19 floor expansion to create Pediatric Tower E, which will include:

  • 129 critical care beds
  • 7 additional high-technology ORs
  • 1 new radiology suite
  • Completed in 2018

West Tower renovation to include:

  • 57-bed emergency center with 12-bed short-stay unit
  • Completed in 2020

640,000 square feet of new space will be added overall.

$575M is the total cost of the project.