Huntsville Hospital begins construction on new Orthopedic & Spine Tower

Artist rendering of Huntsville Hospital's new Orthopaedic & Spine Tower. (Design: Chapman Sisson Architects)

Huntsville Hospital’s new Orthopedic & Spine Tower will feature 375,000 square feet of surgical, patient care and specialized physical therapy 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 and will be connected to it by 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.”

According to Jeff Samz, COO of the Health System, the new Tower will have 72 private patient rooms, as well as 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms. The facility will feature large pre-surgical prep and post-surgical recovery areas, and provide a new home for the hospital’s popular Joint Camp program.  The facility will also include space for a restaurant and other retail shops on the ground floor.

Huntsville Hospital is consistently recognized for excellence in spine and joint replacement surgery. For 2019, Healthgrades ranked the hospital among America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery and  the only Alabama hospital in the Top 5% in the nation for spine surgery. Huntsville Hospital also received a Five Star rating for Total Knee Replacement by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about hospitals and physicians.

By shifting orthopedic and spine care to the new facility, the completed project will free up thousands of square feet inside the 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 Huntsville since the hospital opened its north patient tower in 1980. Robins & Morton is serving as general contractor for the mammoth project.