(Download the May/June 2013 South Pavilion Pipeline Newsletter)
Accelerated Patient Rooms Give Preview of North Wing renovation
The new patient rooms are taking shape in 5-East. Granger Construction Company crews recently completed the “accelerated rooms” – one private patient room and one a semi-private patient room – that are being used as models for the patient room renovations in the North Wing.
The accelerated rooms allow for tweaks and changes before workers renovate the remaining North Wing patient rooms. This was the same process during the South Wing construction.
The accelerated rooms in the North Wing were recently approved, giving the green light to put casework – such as wardrobe drawers and headers – in the rooms and for workers to start building out the remaining patient rooms on 5-East.
“It’s great to see the progress being made in 5-East,” said Sarah Gilbert, director, Strategic Capital Projects. “The patient rooms are one of the key features that make a big visual change to the area.”
5-East is still on schedule to open for patients in early July.
While nearly all the North Wing patient rooms will be private after the renovation, each wing will continue to have a few semi-private rooms to maintain the hospital’s licensed-bed count.
Each patient room maintains the layout of the original bathroom, which only had a toilet and sink. However, each floor will have a patient shower area, a new feature as part of the North Wing renovation. Patient room bathrooms will have the same tile and other finishes used in the South Wing patient rooms.
Renovations to Begin for new St. Mary Mercy Wellness Center
The former Emergency Center will soon transform into the home of one of St. Mary Mercy’s newest services: a Wellness Center, which will house the Senior Assessment and Resource Institute, the Center for Integrative Medicine, and a Wellness Studio.
Currently, part of the former Emergency Center was converted into the Express Decision Unit. The Wellness Center will adopt the former Emergency Center entrance and lobby and the former Senior ER space. Renovations are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks and expected completion near end of June.
Among the renovations for the Wellness Center includes removing the former helipad near the former Emergency Center entrance. Removing the helipad will help the area gain more parking spaces, explained Bill Makela, Operations Project Coordinator, Campus Development.
The new Center will have a “glass storefront” design to let in natural light into a yoga studio space, which will occupy the former waiting area and admitting office space. The renovation also includes an addition of two exam rooms for the Center for Integrated
Medicine; however, the Wellness Center will mostly utilize the existing features of the former Senior ER. Neutral and soothing paint colors and décor will be applied to promote a natural healing environment.
Bathrooms in patient rooms: A worker grouts tile in a patient room bathroom. The bathrooms will have the same tile and finishes used in the South Wing patient rooms.
Patient room amenities: The North Wing private patient rooms will have similar amenities, such as a countertop with sink, as the
patient rooms in the South Wing. However, the semiprivate patient rooms will not have this feature due to lack of space.
Painted wall covers are being placed over the tiled walls in the 5-East hallway. A surface chair rail will also be installed.