OSF HealthCare and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, to begin construction on an $85 million bed pavilion.
The project entails improvement of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center through the construction of a 144,247 square-foot, four story bed pavilion attached to the existing hospital building. It will house 78 private rooms for medical and surgical beds. In the existing hospital, semi-private rooms will be converted to private rooms, allowing for a total of 190 private rooms when the project is completed. There will be no change in the number of licensed beds.
Additionally, some ambulatory services will be offered on the first floor of the new pavilion, including PromptCare and the relocation of Women’s Services comprised of mammography, ultrasound and bone densitometry. There will also be space for a retail pharmacy.
“Enhancing the experience for our patients, families, employees and medical staff is always at the forefront of our planning,” Paula Carynski, president of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, said. “Private rooms and a more modern setting will truly help with that endeavor. We are also very pleased to be able to make such a tremendous investment in our community through this expansion.”
It is estimated that up to 700 constructions jobs will be created for the project, which is expected to be completed by early 2018.