Trios Southridge Hospital is expanding its medical/surgical floor as it adapts the existing hospital for the new birthing center, which opens in the spring.
LifePoint Health, parent to the Kennewick hospital, is spending $22 million on the birthing center and added $6 million to the budget to expand the third-floor medical floor for surgery.
The city of Kennewick issued the $4.1 million, 12,000-square-foot project on Jan. 27. Work should be completed in July.
Work on the birthing center is nearing completion, according to the hospital. The 23,400-square-foot, two-story addition is above the first-floor surgery department and connected to the second and third floors of the hospital.
Nearly 10,000 square feet at the campus was renovated for the project, which will result in the existing Family Birthing Center and Special Care Nursery moving to Southridge.
The move will bring 37 licensed beds to Southridge but will not change Trios’ overall bed count of 111.
Eleven existing beds on the medical/surgical floor were converted to post-partum beds.
The medical surgery addition is being built by Layton Construction, which is also building the birthing center.
Once the birthing center opens, Trios will vacate the old Kennewick General Hospital building in downtown Kennewick.
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