Construction of the new inpatient Miller Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center is well underway.
Crews are on schedule to get the exterior of the building buttoned up before January 1st.
Local 22 & Local 44 reporter Alexandra Leslie got an exclusive look inside.
Dave Keelty is the Director of facilities, planning and development at UVMMC.
“The work that you see going on now really all about the exterior, and the focus is gonna shift now to the interiors, and that’s where really most of the work is and right now everything’s on time, it’s on budget,” said Keelty.
The project got underway last year, and the goal is to complete the construction of the building by February 15, 2019, with an anticipated opening in the summer of 2019.
The goal of the new building is to provide more spacious, private rooms for inpatient stay.
“So this is really desired to improve the patient environment, improve privacy, give patients and families enough room to be accommodated, so you’re not having to move beds in an out and chairs in and out,” said Keelty.
Keelty says patients and families have also been involved in the design process of the seven floor, 180,000 square foot building.
“When they come here, they’re coming for really critical medical needs,” said Keelty.
He says the current rooms at the hospital don’t accommodate family along for the stay, who Keelty says are a critical part of the healing process.
“They can get whatever training and information they need to take better care fo the patient when they’re discharged to go home, so it’s a critical part of the care team,” said Keelty.
Also at the new building, windows are tinted and energy efficient. The hospital will also be the first to use the design in this part of the country, according to Keelty.
“They really help with sound muffling from the outside, and they’re large enough to really help the patient just create a good environment for their healing,” said Keelty.
On top of that, patients will have a view to boast about- you can see Mt. Mansfield on one side, and Lake Champlain on the other.