Alabama Hospital Debuts Dynamic New Cardiovascular Unit

By HCO Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Hoar Construction announced on Feb. 20 the completion of a new inpatient cardiovascular unit at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Alabama near Birmingham. The $4.5 million project broke ground in May of 2022 and welcomed its first patients in February.

Located on the hospital’s second floor, the 11,000-square-foot unit includes six critical care rooms, eight step-down rooms and three nurses’ stations, allowing the hospital to provide intensive and step-down care for cardiac patients within the same floor. It is now integrated with the ICU unit, allowing cardiac patients to move from surgery and immediately into their rooms, which gives doctors more flexibility in providing the best care for their patients. The unit also features an attractive modern design with larger patient rooms that are all equipped with advanced medical technology.

“We are proud to deliver this project to the dedicated team of healthcare professionals at Shelby Baptist, as this new unit is sure to improve the level of patient care offered in Alabaster and greatly enhance the hospital’s offerings,” said Owen Moore, director of business development Hoar Construction. “Hoar is committed to expanding its reach and abilities in all sectors of healthcare and we are honored to play a part in the hospital’s growth, which now eliminates the need for patients to travel to downtown Birmingham for high-quality care. We look forward to continuing our valuable relationship with Brookwood Baptist Health network, which continues to drive positive and meaningful change throughout Birmingham’s healthcare landscape.”

Throughout construction, Hoar encountered multiple unforeseen conditions within the 60-year-old facility. The project team, along with their design partner Poole and Company, had to develop creative solutions and implement them without interrupting ongoing operations at the hospital. Rigorous infection control protocols were also used during every phase of the buildout to ensure the safety of hospital staff and patients.

Shelby Baptist is one of five hospitals in the Brookwood Baptist Health hospital network based out of Birmingham. Hoar has worked as a partner with Brookwood Baptist for 20+ years, with the completion of Shelby Baptist’s cardiovascular unit marking the latest continuation of this successful relationship.