After expediting the early opening of some patient rooms to serve an influx of COVID-19 patients in July, St. Joseph’s Hospital opened the front door of its $126 million dollar expansion in mid-September.
In addition to a new main entry with covered drop off, the six-story tower includes 90 private patient rooms on its three top floors. The ground floor provides easy access to patient registration and security, while the second floor features conference space for the team’s ongoing education and a pedestrian bridge that connects with St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, which is located across Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd from the main campus.
“When we broke ground on this project in April 2018, we had no idea what 2020 would bring,” said hospital President Kimberly Guy. “As it turns out, we’re able to provide our community with additional resources in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re following in the steps of our founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, who opened the original St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1934 during the Great Depression.”
The expansion means increased comfort for patients and their visitors, who will enjoy private rooms not only in the new tower but also in the original building that opened at this location in 1967.
“We listened to our patients, team members and physicians, taking their suggestions to heart as we planned the new facility,” Guy said. “Our goal is to enhance the patient experience in a space designed for the way we want to be cared for today. Patients will enjoy spacious rooms complete with our GetWellNetwork that offers education and entertainment. Meanwhile, our staff can stay closer to patients with ‘touch down’ work stations and decentralized supply storage areas that save steps.”
For thousands of people who work on the campus, the most long-awaited addition is a pedestrian bridge that allows safe travel across a major thoroughfare. The bridge includes one private hall for transporting patients, who no longer need an ambulance to take them for services they may need in a different building. The other private hallway is designated for visitors and staff.
“We have wanted to build a bridge for decades,” Guy said. “The St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary generously pledged $1 million to help make thisdream a reality. St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation board members Scott and Kathy Fink will be recognized in the new tower with the naming of the Fink Family Lobby for their leadership level support of St. Joseph’s Hospital.”
St. Joseph’s Hospital