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Inova Fairfax Hospital unveiled the latest project in its ongoing expansion of its campus Friday.

The new 11-story South Tower adds 216,000 square feet of space, connected to the original hospital building. It features all-private patient rooms, 120 of which are for medical and surgical patients and 54 of which are for intensive care patients.

“The addition of the South Tower to our medical campus is yet another example of how we are serving the complex needs of the community through high-quality care in a patient-friendly environment,” Patrick Christiansen, CEO of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, said in a released statement.

The floors of the new ICU are grouped based on specialty, to make it easier for the hospital staff to collaborate and maintain their work flow.

The new building also was designed with the environment in mind, according to Inova officials. The hospital is seeking LEED certification for the building.

“Green” features include a living roof planted above the lobby; native, drought-resistant plants used in plantings on the grounds of the new building; and the use of more environmentally friendly and sustainable building materials.

Hospital officials believe that the eco-friendly design also has benefits for patient health, according to Seema Wadhwa, director of Inova’s Office of Sustainability.

“The links between the built environment in which a patient is treated and the outcomes patients experience are becoming increasingly evident,” she said in a released statement.

This tower is the first phase of an $850 million expansion of the Inova Fairfax Hospital Medical Campus. Other elements include a new 12-story tower for the Inova Women’s Hospital and Inova Children’s Hospital, as well as a new parking garage.

Inova Health System also recently announced plans to build a new cancer treatment center near its existing Fairfax campus and a $24 million addition to the emergency department at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

kschumitz@fairfaxtimes.com