Century Project News Release
January 12, 2010
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO – St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center announces the completion of the new-construction phase of the Century Project, the hospital’s multi-year expansion and renovation project. The public is invited to tour the addition during an open house 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday, January 16. Patient care will begin in the new facility in late January.
The 434,000 square feet of new construction includes a 12-story tower, rooftop helicopter facility, and an education and conference center.
The 12-story structure houses an expanded emergency department, intensive care services, women’s healthcare and childbirth services, a neonatal intensive care unit, state-of-the-art operating rooms, and a dedicated orthopedic and spine unit.
The Saccomanno Education Center, a conference and education facility, occupies a new fifth floor added atop the existing four-story hospital building and integrated into the new tower structure. A new lobby, cafeteria, coffee shop, gift shop, reflection room, and registration office are located off the new main entrance facing Seventh Street.
Project planning began in 2005 and construction started in 2007. The construction was completed on schedule and within its $276-million budget. The next phase of the project involves renovation of existing hospital space to start immediately.
“For 113 years, St. Mary’s mission to care for all people of our community has guided our daily actions and our long-term decisions,” says Bob Ladenburger, president and CEO. “We designed and built the Century Project with several goals firmly in mind -- to provide patients with a pleasant, healing environment and to continue to bring the best quality medical talent and technology to our growing region.”
Century Project details
New construction expanded the emergency department, and following renovation of the adjacent, existing department, St. Mary’s ED bed capacity will increase from 24 to 33. All patient treatment rooms are private. Three rooms are equipped and supplied as dedicated trauma rooms. Triage and check-in rooms are designed to safeguard patient privacy within the emergency medicine setting.
Surgical Services: Twelve large surgical suites accommodate state-of-the-art equipment, most of it suspended from the ceiling on a special boom system. Several rooms are dedicated to trauma, cardiac, orthopedic and neurosurgery, and as robotic surgery suites. Operating rooms are stocked and supplied from a central core via pass-through cabinets for efficiency and safety. Operating rooms are equipped with computer and video technology allowing the surgical team to communicate with the laboratory and consulting physicians during procedures.
Intensive Care Services:
St. Mary’s new intensive care unit can take care of 32 patients suffering from critical illness or trauma. The unit was designed to give caregivers a clear view into all patient rooms. Work stations and supply storage areas are decentralized to reduce steps for nurses and keep them close to their patients. All patient rooms are private and include a recliner-sleeper so a family member can spend the night. Waiting and lounge areas are nearby so family members can step away without going far.
Education and conference facility: The new Saccomanno Education Center occupies a fifth floor constructed atop the existing, adjacent four-story hospital and integrated into the new tower structure.
Women’s Health and Childbirth Services:
The physician and staff education facility includes a 20-station computer lab-classroom and a conference center that can be divided into three classrooms. The center features state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, including large projection screens, Internet access, video capabilities, and video conferencing. The education center is named for cancer research pioneer Geno Saccomanno, MD.
Twelve large, bright labor and delivery rooms feature jetted tubs and plenty of room for mom’s coach. A comfortable waiting area and family lounge are nearby. The department also includes triage rooms and surgical procedure rooms. Healthy moms and babies stay together in private rooms large enough to accommodate siblings, grandparents, and other visitors. Education and support services for new moms are also located on the unit. Newborns with complex medical issues are cared for in the new neonatal intensive care unit. The unit has 24 standard private rooms and four isolation rooms. The private NICU rooms provide a quiet setting for baby and family to bond.
Orthopedics and Spine Services: Patients contemplating orthopedic or spine surgery can prepare by meeting the staff, attending a pre-surgery class, and touring this new unit dedicated to caring for specialty surgery patients. The 30 private patient rooms have recliner-sleepers so a loved one can stay the night. Following surgery, recovery starts in a fully equipped rehab gym and home-like suite where patients learn to perform daily activities safely.
CareFlight helicopter services are now headquartered atop the new 12-story structure. The rooftop landing pad, fueling-maintenance facility, and crew quarters make for efficient take-offs and landings and minimal disturbance to the hospital’s neighbors. An oversized, high-speed elevator whisks incoming patients from the roof to emergency, intensive care, surgery, or labor and delivery services on the floors below.