Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is proposing a $50 million renovation project for its operating suite and patient rooms.
The proposal, which calls for the first major overhaul of the hospital’s surgical services in more than 20 years, is scheduled to be considered Thursday by the Alliance for Health’s evaluation board.
According to the hospital’s certificate of need application, three major projects are planned, all of which would be financed with tax-exempt bonds. The bonds will be part of a larger bond issue by its parent company, Trinity Health-Michigan. The projects are:
Operating suite renovation: $35.3 million
The plan calls for replacing all of the 13 operating rooms in the main hospital and constructing three shelled operating rooms. About 87,000 square feet of space would be renovated or constructed in the project, which involves the first through fourth floors of the hospital. Areas affected include pre- and post-surgical spaces, family and patient waiting areas, storage areas and staff lockers.
The hospital entrance also would be affected: Saint Mary’s plans to renovate and enlarge the entrance vestibule and driveway canopy.
Saint Mary’s has added operating rooms three times in the past decade to meet increasing demand. However, replacement of the surgical suite is needed because the older operating rooms are undersized for modern technology, hospital officials say.
“The possible alternative of constructing a new wing for surgical services would address the hospital’s needs but at a higher capital cost,” the application states.
Renovation of seventh and eight floors: $8.3 million
Saint Mary’s plans to renovate 7-South and 8-South patient care units, which house 39 medical-surgical beds. After completion of the 23,000-square-foot project, 7-South would have 22 beds in 18 private and two semi-private rooms, and 8-South would have 12 beds in 10 private and one semi-private room.
Seventh-floor inpatient unit: $5.3 million
The plan calls for renovating the entire 7-North patient care unit, which encompasses 26 medical-surgical beds and approximately 17,000 square feet of space. Rooms would be made slightly larger and updated to meet current care standards and equipment requirements, Saint Mary’s says.
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