Slidell Memorial Hospital Expands Cardiology, ER Units

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor Slidell Memorial Hospital broke ground on its much needed new wing Tuesday. The community hospital has been struggling for some time now because of space shortages and increasing numbers of patients. The Times-Picayune reports that the number of patients treated in 2010 at Slidell Memorial was 3,500 more than it [...]

Slidell Memorial Hospital broke ground on its much needed new wing Tuesday. The community hospital has been struggling for some time now because of space shortages and increasing numbers of patients.

The Times-Picayune reports that the number of patients treated in 2010 at Slidell Memorial was 3,500 more than it was meant to efficiently handle, reaching 28,000. And the number of patients won’t be declining anytime soon – it is expected that by 2025 Slidell will be receiving 36,000 patients annually.

The two-story, 64,000-square-foot new wing will resolve crowding issues and relieve pressure from the main building, freeing space for other departments. The structure will rise on Slidell Memorial’s main campus; 12th Street has been rerouted to curve west into 11th Street to make space for the new facility.

The new wing’s first floor will accommodate a spacious 31-bed emergency room, more than doubling Slidell’s current ER bed capacity, which currently numbers just 14. The emergency unit’s floor plan will provide more privacy and comfort, as well. Patient rooms will have two entrances: one opening to a visitor’s corridor, the other to a staff area.

The second floor will house an extension of the cardiology unit. It will consist exclusively of 38 private patient rooms.

The project, designed by architectural firm Sizeler Thompson Brown, is expected to be completed in a year’s time.  The necessary funds for the project will come from a $25 million bond renewal, approved by public vote in April 2011. Slidell has been providing medical care to the area’s population since 1959.

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Rendering credit: slidellmemorial.org