November 9, 2011

St. John Medical Center's $45 Million Plan Gets Final OK

More than $45 million in improvements at St. John Medical Center (SJMC) have received final approval from the hospital's board of directors, paving way for implementation of Phases 1 and 2 of the hospital's modernization plan. Phases 3 and 4 will cost an additional $6.4 million which still needs approval by the board of trustees.

The board's approval sets in motion the mobilization of contractors and subcontractors on the St. John Medical Center campus. The projects are the result of the hospital's 5-year strategic/modernization plans, a comprehensive assessment of the hospital and its environment. The plan also includes news services or expansion of services such as the UH Neurological Institute at SJMC (which opened in April 2011), expanded and relocated pain management center (October 2011), digital mammography (October 2010), new expanded Breast Health Center (December 2011) special procedure room (June 2011) and the opening of a West side satellite location of UH Siedman Cancer Center (opening in 2012).

"We are thankful for the physicians, staff and volunteers who have worked with our team to develop the plan over the past two years," says Steve Standley, University Hospitals' Chief Administrative Office. "We are confident these improvements will significantly enhance the patient experience."

The $45 million plan features updates to St. John Medical Center's facilities and infrastructure, providing needed modernization to the hospital that was built in 1981. Included are:

  • Construction of a new, two-story outpatient lobby.

  • Renovation of the hospital's main lobby, gift shop, chapel and pastoral care department.

  • Cosmetic upgrades throughout the first-floor common areas.

  • Construction of a new canopy and landscaping at the hospital's main entrance.

  • Construction of new areas for outpatient registration, biometrics, preadmission testing, phlebotomy and employee health.

  • Construction of a new clinical decision unit/pediatric unit adjacent to the emergency department.

  • Construction of new SDS prep and recovery area above the Emergency Department.

  • Construction of new post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and endoscopy suites.

  • Renovation of the surgical suite.

  • Renovation of the laboratory and radiology.

"These projects are a unique opportunity to build upon our strengths to better meet the needs of those we serve," says Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System. "They support our vision to further strengthen St. John's position as the premier health care provider on the West Side." The board gave final approval to the improvement plan October 19.

St. John Medical Center is a partnership between University Hospitals and the Sisters of Charity Health System. The hospital's 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 hospital, 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 hospital boasts such centers of excellence as emergency services, cardiovascular, spine and orthopedic center as well as critical care. St. John Medical Center was also recently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Cleveland area citing five areas of service distinction.

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