Castleview Hospital CEO Mark Holyoak spoke with members of the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program at a recent meeting. Holyoak discussed the hospital’s role in local economic development and the improvements the facility is implementing to make the community healthier.
“There are exciting things happening,” the CEO explained about the hospital. Castleview is currently undergoing a $9.3 million expansion to the intensive care unit (ICU) and the emergency department (ED). The project will increase the number of patient beds in the ICU and ED and also improve the hospital’s facilities by expanding parking and access areas and completing a major interior renovation. All hospital services remain open during this multiphase project, which is estimated to be completed in February 2016.
“This is truly an exciting time for Castleview Hospital, the community and the entire region we serve,” said Holyoak. “The expansion of our ICU and emergency departments demonstrates our commitment to investing in the hospital to enhance services and meet the needs of our growing community for generations to come.”
The new ICU will include six private rooms, which will be larger than the current rooms available, and will expand the unit by approximately 300%. Each room will include a private bathroom as well as an exterior window. At the conclusion of the expansion project, the ICU will be a brand new department.
In addition to the renovation and expansion at Castleview, the entity plans to open an urgent care center in the future. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care but are not serious enough to require an ER visit. These facilities tend to save patient’s money compared to a visit to the emergency room.
Castleview Hospital is currently working on acquiring land for the facility. According to Holyoak, the care center will be offsite from the campus but central to the community. Not only will the facility provide a variety of services to the community, but it will also provide more jobs and bring physicians to the area.
Castleview Hospital currently employees 372 members of the community as it aims to be a place where employees want to work, physicians want to practice and where people choose to go for healthcare. The entity works to ensure these things spending over $153,000 on education and training of current employees in the past year alone.
“That is an investment that will be paid back to the community,” Holyoak said.
With increased education comes increased services offered at the hospital. Castleview is now a certified stroke receiving center and is in the process of becoming a regional trauma center as well as a chest pain center. Additionally, the hospital recently began to offer a full time pain clinic, spine surgery, a full time helicopter, vein surgery, surgery center acquisition, weight loss surgery and neurology/EEG/sleep lab.
“We know that individuals in our community have a choice,” Holyoak concluded. “We know that you have a choice so we hope you will choose Castleview.”