An expanded emergency department and pre- and postsurgical areas will allow St. John Medical Center to better care for its patients and offer them a more comfortable environment, the hospital’s medical staff president said.
Adnan Mourany, M.D., said that the expansion will allow more room to care for a growing number of patients.
“We’re seeing increasing volume of patients,” Mourany told West Life.
A 12-bed clinical decision unit, to be added to the hospital’s emergency department, will better enable the medical staff to evaluate a patient without necessarily having to admit the person, he said.
For example, if a person comes to the emergency room complaining of stomach pain, he or she can be observed for several hours in the clinical decision unit while it is determined if the condition is serious enough to require admission, Mourany said. In many cases, this will free up a hospital bed needed for another person.
Mourany was among the hospital’s leaders who spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking Sunday outside the emergency department. The ceremony marked the start of a $100-million investment in the Center Ridge Road facility.
The ceremony, which included a prayer service and blessing, was followed by a picnic for hospital employees and their families.
Mourany said St. John Medical Center has a unique culture due to the influence of the Sisters of Charity.
“We feel like we’re all one big family,” Mourany said. The doctor credited the hospital’s success to its employees, medical staff and administration.
Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, attended the groundbreaking for the hospital 32 years ago. The religious order’s healing mission continues as strong as ever, she said.
“New technology, suburb staff, modern buildings, cutting-edge programs and institutes assures our commitment to provide the highest quality of care and patient service excellence,” Karam said. “This community has entrusted its health to us. We are called by our God to serve this mission and ministry. We all respond with a resounding ‘yes.'”
Richard Hanson, president of University Hospitals’ Community Hospitals, noted St. John Medical Center was recently selected among The Plain Dealer’s top workplaces for employees.
“We put a lot of money in bricks and mortar, but it’s really the staff that provides the care,” he said.
Cliff Coker, president of St. John Medical Center, said the hospital’s investments are directed toward current and future health care needs.
“We’re focused on the community in which we serve,” Coker said.
Final plans for the two-story expansion have yet to be submitted to the city. Coker told West Life that the construction, set to begin this fall, will add 14,000 square feet to the emergency department and surgical area.
An expanded lobby will be added to the hospital’s northern entrance this fall, Coker said. Work has already begun on creation of a dedicated breast health center on the hospital’s first floor, he added.
The hospital also plans to renovate all patient rooms in phases and invest in new patient imaging equipment. It will take four years to complete the modernization plan, Coker said.