St. Mary Medical Center Officials officially opened the construction of the newest addition to St. Mary Medical Center, a state of the art intensive care unit, the first phase of their new surgical pavilion construction project. This $40 million addition is the largest addition to the hospital in ten years, adding more than 113,000 square feet to the building.
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Prominent St. Mary members such as hospital CEO Janice Ryba, Community Healthcare System Chief Operating Officer John Gorski and president of the hospital’s medical staff Sharon Harig, MD. Reverend Thomas Mischler was also present to perform the blessing of this new addition named the John T. Scully Intensive Care Unit.
“Dr. Scully would be proud of all of the hard work that went into making this a reality,” said Ryba. “Everyone involved has been incredibly supportive in making this happen including Mayor Snedecor who has been very supportive and really, our best marketing source.”
This new addition is a four story surgical pavilion/ICU with more than 45,000 square feet dedicated to the hospital’s new surgical department on the first floor. The second floor holds a 20-bed intensive care unit with state of the art patient beds, while the third and fourth floor will be adaptable for later additions or changes made to accommodate patients.
“This is a testament on how we worked through and came together to make this happen,” said President and CEO John Gorski.
“The whole staff is committed to the development and wellness of the community,” said President of St. Mary Medical Center Board of Directors Ken Krupinski. “This is the first of many more community benefiting projects we have planned.”
Despite construction occurring at the same time as regular hospital operations, the construction has not disrupted the normal day to day operations of St. Mary. The new ICU is the first phase to be complete, and once patients move in on July 28, the old ICU will be demolished and became part of the new surgical department, located on the first floor. The entire project is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.
Sharon Harig, MD and President St. Mary Medical Center Staff and the daughter of John T. Scully was deeply honored by the ICU being named in her father's memory and mentioned how honored he would be of the facility and staff.
“He was a fabulous physician and a fabulous father,” said Harig. “He would be beyond honored on this day.”