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March 8, 2017

Emergency care building serving Jefferson County

Photo by Ed Sozinho [enlarge]

Jefferson Healthcare Emergency and Specialty Services Building opened in October at 834 Sheridan in Port Townsend.

The 52,900-square-foot building provides more space for outpatient services and helps Jefferson Healthcare recruit new physicians and specialist to its hospital campus.

The building serves as the new ‘front door' — the central point of entry — to the hospital, according to a press release from CollinsWoerman, the architect.

Aldrich + Associates was the contractor for the building, which has many support services for the hospital, including emergency services, oncology, orthopedics, cardiology and diagnostic imaging.

The ESSB also is the internal and external anchor point for patient wayfinding, parking and general circulation.

Herbs grown on the roof are used by the dietary staff for meals offered in the hospital.

The project team also included Coffman Engineers, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical; SSA Acoustics, acoustical engineering; and Bart Berg Landscape.

The original Jefferson Healthcare Hospital was built in 1965 as an addition to a 1929 office building that had been converted to medical uses. In 1988 a modest addition created space for an enhanced emergency department. In 1995 a three-story addition upgraded surgical services and more modern beds.

Jefferson Healthcare serves 29,000 residents of eastern Jefferson County, and is also the county's largest public employer.