An open house at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital from will give visitors a peek at the hospital's new Family Birth Center, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature babies and new inpatient rooms in the Rainier Pavilion, next to Wright Park at South Fourth and South I streets.
The new facilities, built on a former parking lot facing the park, are the second phase of a $192-million expansion and remodeling project at the hospital.
The whole project includes a first phase which opened last spring with two new floors for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The two floors totaling 47,537 square feet were added atop the Milgard Pavilion on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The second phase is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and birth center. The third phase will be the remodel of the current NICU and birth center.
"Tacoma General’s NICU Level IIIb (which treats the sickest babies) will feature 51 private rooms that will comfortably accommodate families who are critical partners in caring for fragile newborns," said the hospital.