St. John Medical Center formally opened its new south and west additions with a blessing and open house on Monday, April 15. Highlight of the project is a spectacular two-story “front door” created to improve way-finding and enhance the hospital’s image. The Lobby also includes several new works of art which hold religious overtones.
“These new additions will improve overall patient care and access,” says William A. Young, President and CEO of St. John Medical Center. “It is also fun to watch the faces of the employees who visit this area for the first time — they appear so excited and proud to be associated with our hospital.”
Both the south and west additions boast more than 36,738 square feet of new space. Existing space on the second floor also was renovated to accommodate a new same-day surgery area. A total of 5,340 and 19,800 square feet of existing first and second floor space, respectively, was renovated in the project.
In addition to the new lobby area and information desk, the first floor includes new areas for outpatient registration and waiting area, financial counseling, biometrics, a blood draw center, pre-admission testing, employee health, a clinical decision unit, pediatrics, Jazzman’s Café & Bakery, and an outpatient registration waiting area. A new post-anesthesia care unit, endoscopy suites, two new operating suites, and computer workstations for visitors are located on the second floor.
As is the tradition at St. John Medical Center, the new area was blessed by The Most Reverend Bishop A. Quinn in front of board members, community leaders, and hospital friends who were on hand to tour the new facilities. Speakers included Hospital President and CEO William A. Young; Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System; Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Office, University Hospitals; Adnan E. Mourany, MD, medical staff president; and Cassandra L. Johnson, director, UH Construction.
The renovation is part of a five-year, $100-million strategic plan that includes expansion and updating of St. John Medical Center’s facilities and infrastructure, providing needed modernization to the medical center. “Updates and the opening of new services to the facility will continue as SJMC grows to meet the needs of an expanding community,” said Young.