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New Tower At Riverside To Focus On Neurology, Patient Experience

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A new tower at Riverside Methodist Hospital will be dedicated to neurology, treating some of the most critical patients from strokes to spinal cord and brain injuries.

It's the largest building on the Riverside campus off state Route 315 -- the new 10-story neuroscience institute.

"It's really exciting to have these kind of state-of-the-art facilities, operating rooms, or imaging, nice, private rooms, a healing environment," said neurosurgeon Dr. Janet Bay, of Riverside Methodist Hospital.

When finished, Bay said, the tower will be a comprehensive center, tackling the most difficult of neurological cases from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. There will be a neurosurgery intensive care, epilepsy unit, brain, stroke, and spine units.

Vice president of neurosciences Connie Gallaher is a force behind the new tower. She said she is most proud of the 224 private rooms.

"It's absolutely about having a private room and there's scientific data that says you have less chance of an infection," Gallaher said.

The tower cost more than $321 million to complete, and will be ready in the spring of 2015.

More than 500 construction workers have been dedicated to the project.

It is more than 400,000 square feet with 10 miles of duct work, but everything is designed around the patient.

"(The goal is) to make this a very patient- and family-centered experience from the moment they arrive, having muted colors in here. It's going to be quieter than the average hospital," Bay said.

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