Westchester's New Ambulatory Care Pavilion Is a Huge Step Forward for Patient Care
The largest healthcare construction project for the county in decades, Westchester Medical Center's new facility promotes an environment of care.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER; THOMPSON & BENDER
Our society is laden with technology-driven improvements. These innovations exist in transportation, home appliances, environmental efficiency, and of course, healthcare.
The health and safety of each individual is (or should be) a top priority, so it's only fitting that we have access to the best possible resources in this field. To this end, Westchester Medical Center is nearing completion on a 280,000 sq. ft., eight-story Ambulatory Care Pavilion at the provider's Valhalla campus, which the public should have access to by the end of May.
The venture is Westchester County’s largest healthcare construction project since 1977 and has cost roughly $230 million, financed by the Westchester County Local Development Corporation.
President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) Michael D. Israel explains the significance of this launch, saying “Westchester Medical Center has traditionally been the centerpiece for the Hudson Valley’s advanced care services…. The Ambulatory Care Pavilion is not just an investment in steel and glass, but a true investment by Westchester Medical Center in the physical and mental health of Hudson Valley residents, putting Westchester County and the entire Hudson Valley at the forefront of Healthcare delivery.”
The new medical facility intends to promote an “environment of care,” using the latest developments in healthcare technology to treat patients in a way that reduces stress and anxiety. This concept utilizes elements that the patient can manipulate, like relaxing lights and sounds, so each healthcare experience is catered to one’s personal preference.
Over 300 people are working on the construction of this project to ensure it is finished in a timely manner. The first and second floors of the medical center are expected to be fully functional within the next few weeks, while floors three through eight will remain in construction over the next several months. The first floor will deal with patients that require Advanced Imaging and Heart & Vascular services, while the second floor hosts the Ambulatory Surgery Program.
All of these improvements are essential, according to Westchester Medical Center, in achieving the organization’s main goal: providing the best possible outpatient care so Hudson Valley residents can be treated effectively and recover comfortably.