The Crystal Spring Tower Cardiovascular Institute consolidates formerly fragmented cardiology services into a new 12-story tower with a dedicated entrance lobby, support services, cardiac/vascular surgery, central sterile, cath/EP lab spaces and pre/post procedural beds. It contains 76 inpatient beds, expanded dietary services and two underground parking levels accommodating 150 vehicles.

The campus is engaged in a teaching hospital partnership with Virginia Tech. The design accommodates residents, fellows and nursing staff within clinical programs. A conference center over the new parking levels supports education programs and lectures. Transitional elevators allow the new tower floor heights to meet current height standards, while seamlessly connecting to the lower floor heights of the existing hospital without the need for ramps. The new tower is connected to the existing hospital via a two-level connector on the west edge of the existing South pavilion’s sixth floor. The tower is designed for expansion of two additional floors. Enhancing existing conditions, the new patient entry plaza has designated entries for the Cardiovascular Institute, Emergency Department access and parking services.

Using evidence-based design principles, the design concepts aim to reduce infections, patient falls and staff injuries. Design concepts such as respite rooms and patient lifts increase nurse and employee retention and help with recruitment.

The design also includes the expansion of Emergency/Trauma services. It features a new patient walk-in entrance, ambulance entrance, helipad on roof for direct trauma admissions, entrance lobby, patient triage and ED registration space. This is in addition to 53 total trauma rooms, exam/treatment rooms and support space for patients, families, physicians and staff.

The expansion project addresses community needs that have been identified through Carilion’s community assessments and additional research. As the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and a tertiary and quaternary facility, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital typically receives patients from more than 60 hospitals across Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina during any given year. This expansion will improve access to world-class care for local patients and those far beyond the Roanoke Valley.

The project is slated to be complete in early 2025.