Hospital Begins Largest Project in 40 Years on Main Campus

Hospital Begins Largest Project in 40 Years on Main Campus

Huntsville Hospital has broken ground on the biggest medical construction project in the downtown area in almost four decades.

The new Orthopedic & Spine Tower will feature 375,000 square feet of surgical, patient care and specialized physical rehabilitation space in the heart of the hospital campus. The Tower is the future home of the hospital’s award-winning orthopedic and spine surgery programs. Scheduled to open in 2021, the new seven-story building is located directly across from the main entrance of Huntsville Hospital. It will be connected to the hospital via a walking bridge over Gallatin Street.

“We exist to serve our patients and their families,” said David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System. “This new Tower will help us accomplish this mission for many years to come. As our community and region continue to grow, our hospital is keeping pace with the need for advanced health care services and facilities.”Current construction site for the Orthopedic & Spine Tower

Jeff Samz, COO of the Health System, stated that the Orthopedic & Spine Tower will have 72 private patient rooms, as well as 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms dedicated to inpatient and outpatient procedures including: spine surgery; knee and hip replacement surgery; tendon and ligament repair; sports medicine; arthroscopy; repair of open and closed fractures; and surgery involving the hands or feet. Samz said, “With the new Tower, we will also eliminate most of the semi-private accommodations in our main hospital.”

The building will feature large pre-surgical prep and post-surgical recovery areas, and provide a new home for the hospital’s popular Joint Camp program. Joint Camp provides specialized care and group physical therapy for patients who have just undergone joint replacement surgery. The facility will also include a restaurant on the ground floor.

Huntsville Hospital is consistently recognized for excellence in spine and joint replacement surgery. For 2019, the hospital is ranked among America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery and received a Five Star rating for Total Knee Replacement by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians.

Shifting orthopedic and spine care to the new facility will also free up thousands of square feet inside the hospital’s main building for current services and expansion of other medical programs.

Designed by Chapman Sisson Architects, the Orthopedic & Spine Tower will fill an entire city block at the corner of Gallatin Street and St. Clair Avenue. It is the biggest medical construction project in downtown Huntsville since the hospital opened its north patient tower in 1980. Robins & Morton is serving as general contractor for the mammoth project.

Rendering of the Orthopedic & Spine Tower on the hospital campus