FORT WAYNE – St. Joseph Hospital will begin a $5.9 million renovation to its surgical department, Lutheran Health Network officials announced Thursday.
Construction plans include updating and enlarging the hospitals operating room suites and pre- and post-operative areas. The project will also include the remodeling of nursing stations and the replacement of surgical equipment.
The 20,000-square-foot project will take place in three phases so as not to disrupt surgical care.
Were excited that St. Joes new surgical unit serves as another example of our ongoing commitment to downtown development, said Eric Looper, CEO at St. Joseph Hospital.
We have the latest technology and skilled medical staff, and this project will yield a contemporary environment with more space to accommodate larger equipment for advanced procedures.
The operating rooms will be redesigned, and the department will go from seven smaller operating suites to five larger rooms, improving workflow efficiency, according to hospital officials. Space has also been reserved for later expansion.
The suites will feature new surgical lights and new equipment such as laparoscopic towers, suction systems and sterilizer washers. In addition, new flooring, ceiling lights, and heating and cooling systems will be installed.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2014.
During construction, an opening on the north side of the hospital will serve as an entrance for construction workers and will allow for debris to be easily removed from the third floor.
The sidewalk on the hospitals Main Street side will be closed during the project.