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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – When it’s complete, it’ll be a more modern building in which to have surgery.

Sentara, operators of the Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, is spending $35 million on a new surgical pavilion. If you’ve driven past the hospital at any point this past winter you’ve probably noticed the construction.

Here are some fast facts on what they’re doing there provided to PotomacLocal.com by Sentara:

• Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) has initiated a major expansion project to enhance its surgical services.

• Expanding the current SNVMC facility will better serve the community, accommodate current and future community needs, promote innovation, and create an atmosphere that fosters and augments patient, physician, and staff experiences.

• The facility will offer new operating rooms (ORs) that will accommodate state-of-the-art audio visual systems, picture archiving and communications system (PACS), surgical specialty equipment, and electrical systems, providing for a continued emphasis on exceptional patient care.

• The project is expected to be completed in late 2015.

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Sentara transformed the building into a medical center after purchasing what was then known as Potomac Hospital in 2009. Sentara formally changed its name to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center two years ago.

SNVMC President Steve Porter said the new surgical pavilion will feature larger operating rooms which will allow for more equipment and staff. At 640 square feet, the rooms will be 240 square feet larger than the current rooms that were build as part of the original community hospital that opened in the 1970s.

“This center is going to be designed to handle uncomplicated cases to very complex cases,” said Porter.

Operating rooms in the hospital as well as its adjacent Century Building will be consolidated in the new surgical pavilion. The hope is that the center will help to attract new surgeons to the area so more patients don’t have to leave Prince William County to have procedures performed.