Alabama Hospital Authority Breaks Ground on New Facility

Hospital set to open in 2024 will include 412,000-square-foot, nine-story hospital with 200 beds

By HFT Editorial Staff
November 29, 2021

Medical West Hospital Authority in Birmingham, Ala., recently broke ground on its replacement facility. The new building is scheduled to open in 2024 and will include a 412,000-square-foot, nine-story hospital with 200 beds and a 127,000-square-foot, five-story medical office building. The full-service hospital will feature a new surgical and endoscopy suite, state-of-the-art imaging technology and more intensive care beds.

Leading the project for the Medical West replacement facility will be CBRE as the project manager. The design and build team includes Brasfield & Gorrie as the general contractor, HKS and KPS as the architects of the development, and CCI, Bhate Geosciences and Building & Earth as the site engineers.

“Our current facility was built in 1964 and although multiple renovations have been made throughout the years, we knew that a new facility would have to be part of our future growth plans,” says Keith Pennington, Medical West’s chief executive officer. “We could not be more excited to work with this exceptional team of firms that will help us welcome this new state-of-the-art hospital to the residents of West Jefferson County.”

Medical West has served West Jefferson County since 1964. Comprised of an acute care hospital with 17 health centers located throughout its market, Medical West offers a range of diagnostic, surgical, medical and emergency services. These services include intensive care, women’s, telemetry, geriatric psychiatry, inpatient rehabilitation, sleep medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and advanced wound care. Medical West has more than 1,100 employees and more than 250 physicians on its medical staff. In 2015, Medical West became home to the state’s first freestanding emergency department. The department and the hospital’s main campus emergency department, combined, see more than 75,000 visits annually.

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