BRYAN, TX – St. Joseph Regional Health Center has completed a $34 million dollar 4-story bed tower, which adds 36 critical care beds almost doubling the number of CCU beds the facility now offers, a new day surgery suite with 27 patient recovery rooms, and a new medical/surgical wing to the hospital.
The new facility, adjacent to the main St. Joseph campus in Bryan, incorporates design concepts which research indicates reduce stress and support the healing process.
The new tower, designed by Watkins, Hamilton, Ross Architects of Houston, is set up to allow greater access and open space. “In the design we have worked to open the space up, make it bright and relaxing, but offer our guests more privacy as they wait for family members,” said Tony Pfitzer, SJRHC Chief Executive Officer.
The tower offers new space for support services such as pharmacy, a new day surgery unit, as well as 36 critical care beds, complete with new equipment and furniture. It features a large open lobby area with a registration desk and an outpatient entrance for ambulatory surgery and imaging patients.
The first floor has four new surgical suites dedicated to outpatient procedures with 27 patient recovery rooms for surgery and heart procedure patients. Patients who come in for day surgery are able to check in at the registration desk in the new tower area without having to go into the main hospital. Other amenities include a patient drop-off where St. Joseph staff offers assistance in parking patient’s cars and a guest check-in desk located in the new lobby.
The second floor houses a 36-bed critical care unit, which has intensive care beds and cardiac care beds to care for critically ill patients and those patients coming from open-heart procedures. The new unit features larger private rooms for critical care patients, and rooms that have been designed to provide more space for family members visiting patients.
The fourth and final floor of the tower has been completed and will be dedicated on February 10, 2009 at 6:00 in the afternoon. This floor will be home to general medical and surgical care, and will help eliminate the need for the hospital to go into “surge mode” where patients have to share a room.
“We recognize our hospital has, during the busiest seasons of the year, been very full and sometimes it has been hard to get a bed for a patient,” said Pfitzer. “We know with steady population growth and the aging of the baby boomer generation there will be an increasing need for health services in our community. This Tower Project is our recognition of that need and a continuation of the more than 70 years of commitment the Sisters of St. Francis have made to all of the residents of the region.”
The economic impact of the tower addition will be felt in the community as the tower calls for more than 180 new employees to be hired with an annual payroll impact of almost $8.6 million.
Pfitzer pointed out that the tower project is the largest single commitment the hospital has ever made to the community. “This is what needs to be done to assure people have access to health care here in our community, but it’s a huge decision for us. A big part of the commitment came from the faith that the community will support this construction through contributions to the project and their use of our services.”