Approved by Alliance for Health Evaluation Board December 19
“Our goal is to transform our downtown campus,” commented Bill Manns, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, at the Alliance for Health Evaluation Board meeting on December 19, “and this investment is a major step forward. With this renovation, the main hospital building will be a complement to the beautiful spaces in the Hauenstein Center and the Lacks Cancer Center and will make our hospital more comfortable for our patients. In addition, we will significantly upgrade our surgical suite to accommodate the very latest technology.”
Reviewing the plans, Manns catalogued the improvements and enhancements for the more than $48,000,000 project, including a total renovation of the operating suite
on the third floor, and two inpatient floors on the downtown Mercy Health Saint Mary’s campus, as well as a facelift for the main hospital lobby and an enlarged entrance vestibule.
“The new entrance will be our signature: a welcoming space that reflects our commitment to providing an excellent patient experience that includes personalized, compassionate care,” Manns continued.
After the hospital executives presented the plan, the Alliance for Health Evaluation Board approved the hospital’s request for the nearly $50,000,000 project, paving the way for the transformation. The application to the Alliance for Health indicated that the hospital “plans to update the spaces to meet the most current care standards and equipment requirements to accommodate modern equipment and bedside care technology.”
“This transformation puts us on the leading edge of fulfilling the goal of the Triple Aim, a foundational principle of health care reform: improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations, and reduce per capita costs of health care. Our care has long been recognized as excellent; our renovation project will provide a setting that is appropriate to the level of care we offer,” remarked Manns.
The plan calls for adding three shelled operating rooms in addition to the renovation of the current operating suite. In addition, all surgical support services, including family waiting, pre-op, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) staff lockers, storage, equipment, and instrumentation will be renovated. The floor above the surgical department will be updated to house surgical staff offices and conference spaces and two new mechanical penthouses will be constructed.
The plan will result in a significant increase in the number of private inpatient rooms in the main hospital. The Hauenstein Center and the Lacks Cancer Center have all private inpatient rooms, and will include remodeling of the 7th floor and 8 South.
Significantly, there will be no interruption of patient services during the renovation, scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Progressive AE has been named the architectural firm on the project, and Christman will be the general contractor. The project is scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.