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Mar. 27, 2013

Saint Thomas Starts $110 M Expansion

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

Determined to remain a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, Saint Thomas Hospital has not only announced plans to modernize the healthcare center, but already broke ground on a new structure.

Scheduled to be completed in early 2017, and with a total cost of $110 million, Saint Thomas’ modernization plans aim to upgrade patient-centered care by enhancing patient access and enhancing critical care and surgical services. Construction is set to take place in stages so as not to interfere with patient care.

Among the work planned at the healthcare facility is the construction of a new patient tower, which recently broke ground. The new structure will rise at the back of the campus, next to the visitor’s parking and will house services such as patient admission and pre-admission testing, essentially moving the hospital’s front door to the back of the medical campus. Other important upgrades include the renovation and expansion of 44 critical care rooms. At their current size, critical rooms have a footprint of 195 square feet. Following the expansion this will increase to 275 square feet, allowing for increased patient comfort. Some of the hospital’s operating rooms will also receive a boost in size, and 13 of the 28 operating theaters at Saint Thomas will be augmented to 520 square feet each, making them better suited for orthopedic procedures.

“This investment will make it easier for our patients to navigate within the hospital and will ensure we continue to be a leader in caring for adults in our community,” said Dawn Rudolph, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital. “We want to make sure Saint Thomas Hospital remains a state-of-the-art facility for years to come,” she added.

According to the Nashville Business Journal’s coverage of the story, the new tower will total 155,000 square feet, while the total surface to be renovated within the existing facility is approximately 73,000 square feet.

Freeman White is serving as architect on the project with Turner Construction as construction manager.

Saint Thomas Hospital is a member of the faith-based, non-profit Saint Thomas Health regional healthcare system. The hospital features 541 beds, 40 of which are critical care beds, 90 special care and 140 telemetry beds.

Rendering courtesy of Saint Thomas Health

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