BILOXI -- Keesler Medical Center will undergo a major three-year renovation that will modernize health care and enhance the overall patient experience for the Keesler community.
The $68 million project was awarded in August and began in October, with construction to follow in fall 2014. Completion is expected in mid-2017.
The project realigns the outpatient specialty clinics on the second through fourth floors. It will completely rework the surgical floor with state-of-the-art operating rooms and a new centralized minor procedures suite. It will provide new hematology-oncology and dialysis suites and infusion center. It will consolidate the overall medical campus by moving the dental clinic and the mental health clinic into the medical center.
An integrated design-build-outfitting team from the Air Force Surgeon General's Office Health Facilities Division, the primary contractor J.E. Dunn Construction and the architectural firm Hoefer Wysocki, both headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., kicked off the design and planning period in October beginning with clinical process, patient and staff flows.
Much of the medical center dates to 1957. The five-story structure comprising more than 735,000 square feet has fragmented clinics and undersized, outdated health-care models, said Kary Dickey, facility operation specialist with the 81st Medical Support Squadron facility management office, in collaboration with Maj. Matt Clugston, deputy chief, planning design and construction branch, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General Health Facilities Division, Air Force Medical Support Agency.
"This project will repair 164,000 square feet in the medical center and consolidate the dental health and mental health services into the hospital," Dickey said. The construction entails the relocation, reorganization and modernization of more than 20 clinical, surgical, administrative support and minor ancillary support spaces.
At the other end of the building, the Tricare operations and personnel administration areas will be affected, including medical records.