Delray Medical Center Expansion Underway


By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
Delray Medical Center is upgrading its look both inside and outside.
The hospital is in the middle of a nearly $80 million upgrade that will add a four-story patient tower with two wings, a parking garage, private rooms and clinics.
The 352-space, five-story parking garage is open for use. The 120,000-square-foot tower, which is equipped with a helipad, is expected to be completed summer 2017.
“We are super excited about it,” Chief Operating Officer of Delray Medical Center Jared Smith, said of the expansion.
He described the new look as clean and modern. He said the look will match the quality of services the hospital provides its patients.
In the tower, there will be 96 private rooms with a flat-screen television, digital clock and private bathroom. Half of the rooms will overlook the city and the other half a lake. Most of the rooms will feature either floor to ceiling windows.
The semi-private rooms in other parts of the hospital will become private rooms and the beds from those rooms will be moved to the tower. That means the hospital isn’t creating additional rooms, just more private rooms.
Another major improvement is the design of the corridors with patient rooms, Smith said. In order to keep the hallways quiet for patients, there are rooms on one side of the corridor and a buffer of “support rooms” in the middle separating the other side of patient rooms.
The helipad on top of the tower will allow the hospital to transport patients into the emergency room quicker.
Currently, the helicopter lands in an airfield and an ambulance has to transport the patient from the helicopter to the emergency room. The new helipad will have direct access into the emergency room, which Smith said will shave off about two minutes of response time during what is known as the “golden hour” a person has during a medical emergency.
The helipad is a large part of the hospital because it is a designated Level 1 trauma center. The next closest trauma center in Palm Beach County is St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
The tower will also house two hybrid operating rooms, which use high-tech imaging. Other parts of the building will be dedicated to orthopedics, neurosciences and advanced heart therapies.
The interior design allows a lot of light to come into the hospital. Smith said the overall look creates a sense of arrival and let’s the community know the hospital is there to serve them.