OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group held the blessing & dedication and an open house of their new inpatient laboratory on Friday morning. Employees and community members gathered for the blessing and dedication and toured the 6,000 square foot inpatient laboratory.
Father Emmett Norden, Hospital Chaplain presided over the blessing and dedication ceremony. “This is a very special place in the hospital. The work here often determines what the providers will choose for a plan of care for our patients,” said Father Norden during the ceremony. Kelly Jefferson, Vice President of Operations echoed Father’s sentiments in her opening remarks. “We have a highly skilled laboratory team, who serve our patients everyday with the Greatest Care and Love. As fantastic as this new space is, it would be nothing without the highly skilled team that will occupy this space,” said Jefferson.
Until now, laboratory employees have been working from the original laboratory space that was built in 1985, when technology and equipment was much less advanced and allowed for less than 100,000 tests per year. Today, the OSF St. Francis laboratory produces more than 800,000 tests per year and has outgrown the original footprint.
The new inpatient laboratory, budgeted at approximately $2 million offers double the space the original laboratory provided. The lab includes an improved workflow that was strategically designed to accommodate the patterns of the laboratory team. The new workflow will increase efficiencies and the additional space will allow for future technological advancements to lab equipment that the original lab could no longer accommodate.
A detailed relocation plan will be implemented beginning Monday, July 23 and will continue through the week. The relocation plan allows for little to no disruption in patient care and the new lab will be fully operational by the end of the week.
Laboratory manager, Mark Easterwood is eager to complete the relocation. “We are excited to be fully settled into the new lab space. We are grateful to be part of OSF HealthCare and for the generosity of the Sisters, both of which made this project possible for our patients, employees and our community.”