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Work begins on Harrison’s new orthopaedic hospital in Silverdale

An artist's rendition of Harrison Medical Center's new orthopaedic hospital is displayed at the groundbreaking May 17 in Silverdale.Harrison Medical Center has begun construction of a new orthopaedic hospital at its Silverdale campus, and the $23.5 million facility is expected to be finished by the end of next summer.

A few hundred people, many from the medical community, were on hand for the May 17 groundbreaking ceremony for the three-story, 54,000-square-foot building that will connect to the existing medical center at the corner of Myhre Road and Ridgetop Boulevard.

The new hospital’s ground floor will have four operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical systems specifically suited for orthopaedics, plus 16 pre — and post-surgical rooms; the second floor will have 24 single patient rooms that will be larger than standard hospital rooms; and the third floor will be shelled in so that 24 more patient rooms can be added in the future. The hospital will have special features such as a large family room for patients and their families to use in preparing for their return home, and a specially designed rehabilitation gym and a rooftop rehab trail.

“Our overarching aim is to make the center the destination for orthopaedic care in Kitsap County,” Dr. Gordon Cromwell told the crowd at the groundbreaking.

He is one of 11 surgeons who formed The Orthopaedic Alliance on the Peninsula, which will manage the new center under a contract with Harrison, which will build and own the hospital.

That unique operating arrangement, Orthopaedic Alliance administrator Mindy Markley said, will create a synergy in the efforts of surgeons and all the clinical staff so that “patients can see this army of people that come together on their behalf to see that they have a great outcome.”

Such a management approach “is not totally new, there are some relationsips like that at Harrison,” Markley said, “but nothing on that large of a scale.”

Harrison CEO Scott Bosch said the new facility will help accommodate the increasing number of patients who need orthopaedic care.

“The number of people needing orthopaedic care in Kitsap County will grow by another 20 percent in the next five years. The new hospital will help these patients remain close to home for orthopaedic and joint replacement surgery,” Bosch said.

The building was designed by Rice Fergus Miller architects, and Anderson Construction Co. is the contractor for the project.

The orthopaedic hospital is the next phase of Harrison’s plans for the Silverdale campus, where the medical center that opened in 2000 primarily provides maternity care and a 24/7 emergency room.

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