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University Hospital celebrates completion of $200 million expansion


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SALT LAKE CITY -- University Health Care celebrated the completion of the new Patient Care Pavilion. It took eight years to complete and cost more than $200 million to build.

The new Patient Care Pavilion gives the hospital an entirely new look on the outside, but there's a lot of new features on the inside as well.

The highlights include a new expansive lobby and more than 100 private patient rooms.

"We know today patient stays are shorter, people like their privacy; and just with the technology we have today, it really allows us to give our patients a better experience, more privacy, and also engage their family more," said Chris Nelson, with University Health Care.

University Health care also hopes an additional 250 parking spots will make the hospital easier to get to and better to stay and work in.

The first phase of construction was completed in 2003 and included the Eccles Critical Care Pavilion, which enlarged the hospital's emergency, surgical intensive care, short-stay and postoperative care and surgical suites.

The second phase was just completed this month and features a two-story addition to the Critical Care Pavilion, a four-story addition to the helipad and parking terrace, and the new seven-story Patient Care Pavilion that includes a floor for maternal and newborn care, neurosciences and cardiovascular services.

Patients aren't in the new wing quite yet. They'll start moving into new rooms at the first of August.

E-mail: corton@ksl.com

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