Utah Valley Regional Medical Center plans to build a new intensive care unit. In preparation for the project, a temporary intensive care area will be carved out of pediatrics.

The remodeling of the southeast wing in the pediatrics area is scheduled to begin Monday. Two of the four-bed wards will be converted into an eight-bed area to temporarily house intensive care patients until the new ICU facility is completed next year.The temporary ICU waiting room will be shared with the existing pediatrics waiting room. A temporary Coronary Care Unit will be on the fifth floor of the Tower building.

Groundbreaking for the new intensive care and coronary care facility will be in January. The $2.1 million unit will have private rooms for each patient.

"All the patients will be in private enclosed rooms that are easily viewed from the nurses station," said Marie Prothero, administrative assistant for critical care. "We now have an open bed ICU/CCU with curtains between patients that are not always appropriate."