The Herald Bulletin

April 24, 2013

St. Vincent laying groundwork for new surgery pavilion

Team of associates collaborated on design

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Work starts next week on St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital’s new $26 million surgery pavilion.

Wednesday, crews will demolish the hospital’s old emergency department, which had gone unused since 2007.

That kicks off phase one of construction on the new pavilion, which will be located on the south end of the hospital, 2015 Jackson St., and replace St. Vincent’s current inpatient and outpatient surgery department and the Surgery Center.

All told, the hospital performs more than 11,000 surgeries per year — one reason an upgrade is needed, said hospital President Tom VanOsdol.

“We need this new facility to ensure adequate space to accommodate the growing surgical volume and newer technology that requires larger operating suites,” he said. “The new facility will provide larger surgical areas and will increase the available number of operating rooms.”

A team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, architects, engineers and other hospital associates collaborated on the facility’s design, which will include a central nursing station, nine operating rooms for inpatient and outpatient surgeries, a new waiting area and a chapel for prayer.

Duane Cox, director of surgical services, said the design would improve accessibility and privacy, and “will provide the additional needed space and allow greater operational efficiency by consolidating the surgical services” into one building.

Construction will be completed in phases, VanOsdol said, and current facilities will remain open until the new one is up and running.

The multi-million-dollar project is funded mostly through the hospital’s affiliation with Catholic health system, Ascension Health. Another $1.6 million came from a capital campaign led by Jim and Marilyn Ault.

“Over the years, we have invested in advanced surgical technologies of every kind,” VanOsdol said, “And this project represents a continuation of our dedication to providing the very best facilities and equipment available anywhere, right here in Anderson.”

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