“It’s time to expand the facility to give our patients what they deserve and to give our specialists adequate space and technology to take care of patients,” said Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Administrator Bart Millstead, as leaders broke ground Thursday, August 7 on a $52 million modernization and expansion.
- Expansion of the operating rooms from 7 to 10
- Eight additional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds
- Replace Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit
- Construct shell space for future expansion of medical/surgical beds
- Modernization of the pharmacy and central sterile processing
The project is the answer to demands on the hospital, which has operated at 90% capacity for some time. According to Millstead, Memorial has been forced to turn away an average of two patients a day due to lack of space to care for them locally.
In addition, Memorial is expected to see a 40% increase in ICU utilization and a 17.5% increase in medical/surgical utilization over the next five years. “This project is one that will answer the call for patients, physicians and staff as well,” said Southern Illinois Healthcare President and CEO Rex Budde.
The recruitment of additional physicians and specialists has led to more complex surgical cases at the hospital, in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT and many more. Chief of Surgery, David Clutts, MD, mentioned these physicians also bring technologies that require more room. “What seemed like a lot of operating room (OR) space 14 years ago now looks very crowded,” said Clutts. “This project will create a much better environment for the staff, the patients and their families.”