Saint Thomas unveils details for $110M project

Hospital officials plan new inpatient tower, expanded interior spaces

Saint Thomas Hospital today launched a multi-year $110 million modernization project that officials said will improve patient access and enhance critical care and surgical services.

The project will require renovation of existing space and construction of a new inpatient tower. It is expected to be completed in early 2017, with construction to be undertaken in stages to minimize disruption of care.

The local office of New York-based Turner Construction will serve as construction manager, with Charlotte, N.C.-based Freeman White handling architectural duties.

The initial phase will include renovations to 44 critical care rooms to increase square footage. Currently, the rooms are 195 square feet and will increase to 275 square feet, giving visitors and staff more adequate space to maneuver during a patient’s stay.

The project will bring additional enhancements to expand 13 of the hospital’s 28 operating rooms to 520 square feet each. The operating rooms were built in 1974 as part of the original construction of the hospital. Saint Thomas officials said the modernization will allow better utilization specifically for orthopedic procedures that require more space than is currently available.

In addition, Saint Thomas officials are considering various options for the site on which the empty Imperial House Apartements midrise sits. (Read more here.)

“We want to make sure Saint Thomas Hospital remains a state-of-the-art facility for years to come,” Dawn Rudolph, Saint Thomas Hospital president and CEO, said in a release. “This investment will make it easier for our patients to navigate within the hospital and will ensure we continue to be a leader in caring for adults in our community.”

To symbolize the start of construction, Saint Thomas Hospital leaders broke ground today on what is currently the back side of the campus in anticipation of the planned inpatient tower, an addition that essentially will result in the hospital’s front entrance being relocated. Patient admitting and pre-admission testing will be moved from the front of the campus, off the Harding Road entrance, to the new inpatient tower, with adjacent access to the Seton visitor parking garage.