Today, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital announced the construction of a new 115,000 square foot, three story addition to the hospital. It represents a significant expansion of the facility that will house the new Women’s Center, intensive care unit, and inpatient surgery. The expansion project will include several major components including:
- State-of-the-art inpatient surgery which will include four operating rooms, a gastrointestinal room, cystoscopy room, and a new catheterization laboratory for cardiac care. There will also be shell space for future growth.
- The Intensive Care Unit will feature 16 rooms designed with full bathrooms complete with showers. Additionally each room will have designated areas for family and nursing care. To ensure exceptional patient care, the intensive care unit will also include nursing pods between two rooms. The pod-designed nursing unit brings nursing staff closer to patient.
- St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital’s new Women’s Center will include six labor and delivery rooms and 18 private postpartum suites. The new postpartum suites will provide mothers with plenty of room and privacy following their delivery. Like the intensive care unit, the Women’s Center will have nursing pods – also called hoteling stations – between every two rooms. This allows nurses to be closer to their patients. TheWomen’s Center will also have a new nursery.
The expansion project will also provide a new west entrance, from Kethley Boulevard, for patients to enter the Women’s Center, intensive care unit and surgery. The main entrance of the hospital will remain open during the construction until the new tower entrance is completed. The main entrance will get a new façade to update the facility’s look, as well as a new main entrance with zero level entry for ease of patient and visitors. Landscaping and a meditation garden are also included in the project.
“Today is a major milestone for health care in our community,” said Chuck Skillings, President, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. “Our goal is to create an environment that will meet the changing needs of patients and their families, as well as our doctors and clinical staff, tomorrow, and well into the future.”
Phase 1 of the project will include tearing down the west end of the hospital. Work has already begun on the interior in preparation for the building to be demolished.
The construction project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.