Colonel Brian S. Burlingame, Commander, West Point Health Services Area, and 56th U.S. Military Academy Surgeon, hosted a Wall Breaking Ceremony on March 31, 2016, to officially kick-off construction of the multi-departmental Hospital Modernization Project at Keller Army Community Hospital. This renovation, which touches approximately 60,000 sq. feet and 15 departments, will relocate, realign and right size departments to better accommodate the facility's mission, consolidate medical assets and meet the ongoing healthcare needs of the beneficiary population.

With a focus on health and wellness, the project's architects, interior designers and general contractor have created a professional design that highlights an inviting and open atmosphere where patients are the priority. Users and their guests will immediately feel they have entered a space for expert care, nurturing and healing. In addition to providing a modern and inviting atmosphere, this design/build/initial outfitting project will allow for improved functionality and efficiency.

The basement renewal comprises construction of a new Data Center and Housekeeping department. The first floor work includes Pharmacy, Audiology, General Surgery, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Gynecology, Outpatient Obstetrics, Emergency, Immunizations, Outpatient Records, Resource Management, Security, and Patient Advocate. Admission/Discharge and Plant Maintenance will receive work on the second floor. The program for the third floor consists of Endoscopy and Prep/Recovery. Also included are department and lobby renovations. Departments have been laid out to optimize work flow and space efficiency.

The creation of a medical mall will provide a natural connection between Keller's main building and the Brian D. Allgood Ambulatory Clinic, including intuitive wayfinding to help patients reach their destination. The new multi-specialty clinic will be located close to the main entrance, reducing patient travel distances. The pharmacy will be conveniently located on the boundary between the two buildings.

The interior design concept will create a patient centered environment while achieving sustainability objectives and providing functionality. Mechanical, engineering, fire protection and electrical systems are also being enhanced to increase lifecycle and efficiency. As a LEED Silver certified construction, the project will improve the sustainability of the building. State-of-the art equipment for improved patient care will also be provided.

To minimize impact to service availability, construction will be divided into 15 phases, with several phases under construction concurrently. Phase 1 will kick off with renovations to the emergency department in Spring 2016. This will be followed by the multi-specialty clinic, pharmacy, radiology and then the post-anesthesia care unit/endoscopy/surgery departments. The ancillary departments will be renovated throughout the construction schedule. The multi-departmental renovation project is scheduled to be finalized by early 2018.

West Point staff and family look forward to benefiting from the innovative improvements of this modernization project, which will further enhance our ability to meet our mission of providing high quality, patient-centered care that improves the readiness of the Force and enhances the lives of all beneficiaries. We appreciate the understanding of our patients during this transition and look forward to unveiling the finished product in the near future.