October 15, 2010

$100 Million Strategic Plan Announced for St. John Medical Center

Officials from St. John Medical Center, University Hospitals and the Sisters of Charity Health System have jointly announced a five-year, $100-million strategic plan for St. John Medical Center that includes the modernization and expansion of the 29-year-old facility.

The plan includes a comprehensive assessment of the medical center and its environment, as well as strengthening of its vision and market share.   “This is the foundation of our strategic plan,” says Cliff J. Coker, President of St. John Medical Center.   “It is a unique opportunity to build upon our strengths to better meet the needs of those we serve.”

As part of an agreement announced earlier this year, both the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals are making equal investments in the strategic expansion and growth of St. John Medical Center. University Hospitals serves as the operating manager of the West Side medical center.  The Sisters of Charity Health System remain a 50 percent owner of the medical center and serve as its religious sponsor. The medical center remains a Catholic health care provider.

“This plan heralds in a ‘new era’ for St. John Medical Center as it continues the legacy of Catholic health care,” says Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO, Sisters of Charity of Health System. “We remain committed to enhancing the medical center’s already strong position on Cleveland’s West Side and continue to work with University Hospitals on taking the medical center to higher levels of success.” 

“University Hospitals is responsible for the strategic planning and investment as approved by the board to ensure that the initiatives enhance the quality of services provided at St. John Medical Center,” says Thomas Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals.  “We join the Sisters of Charity Health System in supporting the vision to further strengthen the position of St. John Medical Center as the premier health care provider on Cleveland’s West Side.”

The new plan will more closely align St. John Medical Center with University Hospitals’ centers of excellence and institutes, including its nationally ranked UH Case Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital; UH Ireland Cancer Center, and the UH Westlake Health Center.

Input on St. John Medical Center’s strategic plan included the leadership of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals, administration from St. John Medical Center, and 30 physicians affiliated with St. John Medical Center.  The plan includes a comprehensive five-year outline for facility growth, acquiring new technology, improving financial performance, aligning physicians, growing service lines and volumes, enhancing quality and patient satisfaction, developing marketing and branding initiatives, and expanding community benefits.

The plan features a significant investment in updating St. John Medical Center’s facilities and infrastructure, providing needed modernization to the medical center that was built in 1981. Included are:

  • Renovation to the front entrance, main lobby, outpatient entrance and common areas;
  • Expanded parking;
  • A phased-in renovation of all patient rooms;
  • Upgrades to surgery, including expanded pre- and post-surgery areas; 15-bed post anesthesia recovery unit (PACU); and four new large operating rooms.  The upgrades will improve efficiencies, increase capacity, and provide larger rooms to accommodate equipment required for complex cases;
  • A new 12-bed Clinical Decision Unit;
  • An expanded imaging area to accommodate new technology and growth;
  • A new, non-invasive lab area for Biometrics;
  • Cardiovascular expansion;
  • New and expanded space for endoscopy; and
  • Expanded space for a dedicated Breast Health Center.

In addition to these facility enhancements, another multi-million dollar investment is targeted for the purchase of state-of-the-art surgical and imaging equipment.  Plans include the opening of a new Interventional Radiology Suite later this year, the purchase of a CT scanner in 2011, and a new MRI in the next three to four years.

Another significant investment is designated toward growing a St. John Medical Center site for the Ireland Cancer Center, which consistently ranks among the top 25 cancer centers in the country.

Another investment is targeted toward the redesign of on-campus outpatient space, in response to the anticipated needs for diagnostic, pain management, neurological institute and urology services.

The strategic plan also includes proposals to grow volume and service lines by expanding the SJMC Primary Care Physician Network, increasing the number of specialty physicians, and growing services in cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedics, women and children’s services, neurosciences, urology, pain management and geriatrics.

“Ultimately, we intend to be the provider of choice in our service area by delivering the highest quality care and the best patient experience,” says Coker, who cited recent independent reports ranking the hospital as one of the best community hospitals in the country.  “Thanks to our loyal physicians and dedicated employees and volunteers, we are well on our way.”

With 189 staffed beds, the St. John Medical Center campus offers easy access from I-90 and I-480 and serves the growing eastern Lorain County communities of North Ridgeville, Avon and Avon Lake. Nearly 600 physicians are on the medical staff of the medical center, which also boasts 1,200 employees and about 300 volunteers. St. John Medical Center also serves as a teaching site for the Ohio College of Osteopathic Medicine, with 59 students, residents and interns. The medical center had 10,400 admissions, 32,000 emergency department visits and 6,800 surgeries last year.

About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina.

The Sisters of Charity Health System is the sole sponsor of St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland; Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio; Providence Hospitals, which includes Providence Hospital/Providence Heart Institute and Providence Hospital Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina.

In 2009, the Sisters of Charity Health System formed a new joint venture with University Hospitals to equally own St. John Medical Center, which includes Westshore Primary Care.  Through this equal ownership, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine continue their legacy of high quality, compassionate care that began at the time of the founding of this hospital.

The organization also oversees three grant-making foundations located in Cleveland, Canton, and Columbia, South Carolina.  Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty.

Other health and human services and education-related organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Cleveland's Joseph's Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men, Canton's early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings; and Healthy Learners, a South Carolina health care resource for children from low-income families.  The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential eldercare services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

For more information on the Sisters of Charity Health System or its individual health care and outreach ministries, visit sistersofcharityhealth.org.

About University Hospitals
University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians.  At the core of the health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation and the world, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics and spine, radiology and radiation oncology, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation and human genetics. Its main campus includes the internationally celebrated UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked second in the nation for the care of critically ill newborns; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Ireland Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, go to www.uhhospitals.org.


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