Asante’s New $455 Million Pavilion at RRMC Almost Ready to Open
MEDFORD, Ore. — The massive 323,600-square-foot new Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) pavilion is set to open in February. A key initiative of the AsanteForward campaign, the completion of the pavilion marks a significant milestone in realizing Asante’s ambitious 10-year growth and development plan. It is the result of the largest philanthropic endeavor ever undertaken in the area, with almost 8,000 community members contributing to the development.
Asante- the largest healthcare provider that operates in nine counties, provides trauma, neonatology, behavioral health, and other specialized services to 600,000 people throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. The new pavilion was approved by the Asante board to create more capacity and expand as a regional medical center- delivering the latest technology and enabling new models of care.
Asante RRMC staff spent months in design sessions, giving input on where to place everything- from closets to nursing stations. Groundbreaking took place in November 2020, and the facility is almost complete, with completion expected this February.
The center came to fruition with philanthropy, bonds, and capital funds. Senior Vice President, and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Asante, Andrea Reeder, highlighted community participation, expressing gratitude for the ongoing support.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Centre Pavilion Details
Linking the new pavilion to the existing 6-floor patient tower, Asante now offers expanded and enhanced service lines. The RRMC pavilion includes:
- The Olsrud Family Women’s and Children’s Hospital: Stationed on the top two floors of the pavilion, this unit- named in gratitude for the $12 million gift from the local Olsrud family, combines the pediatric and perinatal services, with an OB Emergency Department. Pediatrics Unit, Pediatric Outpatient Infusion Clinic, Family Newborn Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
- State-of-the-Art Operating Suites: With 20 additional operating suites- three of which are equipped with robotic surgery systems, the respective units specialize in cardiovascular, trauma, neurology, urology procedures, and orthopedics. A new Pre-anesthesia Holding and Post-anesthesia Care Unit is also housed here.
- Expanded Intensive Care Units: Extended by almost 50%, the new 16-bed Intermediate Care Unit 24-bed and Intensive Care Unit serve patients with acute medical needs. Having learned from the recent pandemic, these critical care rooms can be converted into isolation rooms.
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU): Increasing the existing 8-bed facility to 24 beds, the newly designed CVICU also makes room for future expansion and specializes in heart-related issues.
Entrance A- the west-facing entrance, is the new main access point, with a generous drop-off location next to the new four-story parking structure. All RRMC parking is free, and trained staff will be at hand to assist families and patients. Asante disclosed some fun facts about the new pavilion:
- Under the building are 47,000 cubic yards of soil. If you did the hauling, you would need 4,700 dump truck loads, or 665,000 wheelbarrow runs, or 10 million shovelfuls.
- The total weight of concrete in the building is 44 million pounds. This is more or less the weight of 44 tugboats or 3,666 African elephants, but less than half of those elephants could actually fit inside the building and have enough room to flap their huge ears.
- 6 million pounds of steel support the structure, including 631 steel columns and 2,739 steel beams.
Asante- with 6,347 employees, believes that each person must be treated with compassion, dignity, honesty, and skill. They have a common purpose of healing and hope. CEO of Asante RRMC, Win Howard, said that the new pavilion is not just a building. It stands as a testament to the unwavering support of the community, and Asante’s commitment to exceptional patient care.