June 17, 2011

Sun Newspapers Features Upcoming St. John Medical Center Renovations and Groundbreaking Ceremony

St. John Medical Center, which is co-owned by University Hospitals and Sisters of Charity Health System, was featured in a recent Sun Newspapers article describing details of the planned renovations and upcoming groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off the project.

St. John Medical Center in Westlake is set for a major overhaul

WESTLAKE, OH -- St. John Medical Center is getting ready for a major overhaul that includes the expansion of services and technology.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 2 p.m. on June 26 near the ambulance entrance to the medical center.

Bishop Anthony Pilla will preside over a blessing of the construction site and a picnic will immediately follow the ceremony at the Center Ridge Road facility, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

In November, officials from St. John Medical Center, University Hospitals and the Sisters of Charity Health System announced a five-year, $100 million strategic plan that includes expansion of programs and facilities.

The plan features a significant investment in updating St. John Medical Center’s facilities and infrastructure, providing needed modernization to the medical center.

Patients and their families will see dramatic changes 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; as well as four new, large operating rooms.

“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.”

Programs will also be added, including a new 12-bed clinical decision unit; an expanded imaging area; a new biometrics lab, endoscopy suite and extra space for a dedicated breast health center.

The renovation also includes purchasing high-end surgical and imaging equipment, including a CT scanner and a new MRI, in the next three to four years.

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 the facility.

The construction will usher in a new era for St. John Medical Center, according to Sister Judith Ann Karam, president of Sisters of Charity Health System.

“We remain committed to enhancing the medical center’s already strong position on Cleveland’s West Side and continuing to work with University Hospitals on taking the medical center to higher levels of success,” she said.

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