Utah Valley Hospital opens new, 12-story patient tower, nearing the end of $430M renovation


PROVO — Patients at Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital will soon be treated to the most technologically advanced rooms with a view that are bigger and much more private.

The hospital is wrapping up a $430-million, four-year building replacement project, getting rid of outdated facilities, some of which are nearly 80 years old.

The public can tour the newly completed Todd and Andie Pedersen Patient Tower, named for the BYU graduate and Vivint Smart Home founder, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients will be moved to a fully operational facility on Jan. 27.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Jed Trumpet, emergency preparedness manager for the south area of Intermountain Hospitals, shows points out the decontamination showers outside the new Pedersen Patient Tower at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

All that is left to complete the project is a pedestrian bridge over 500 West, a healing garden in place of the old east tower, which will be torn down beginning in February, and upgrades to a couple older spaces that will have new hospital-related occupants, said hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank.

“It really has been necessary,” she said, adding that the aging hospital has become outdated. It is increasingly more common for patients to have friends and family stay with them through the duration of their hospitalization and there just isn’t room in the smaller rooms in the old east tower.

“As technology and medicine has advanced, the rooms just haven’t,” Frank said.

New patient rooms are at least double the size of the aging ones and offer all the necessary medical equipment at the ready. The 600,000-square-foot, 12-story building is also designed to allow for relatively quick expansion of its already enhanced intensive care unit, should the need arise.

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