June 30 will mark the grand opening of a significant expansion project at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to better meet the needs of patients in the southern Illinois region.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
11:30 Ribbon cutting
RSVP not required. Parking available on the 3rd Floor of the parking garage with shuttle service.
Several years ago, leaders, board members and staff took a hard look at what the future might have in store for the region, and discussed what the needs of our patients would be. “It was evident, we must invest to progress,” said CEO Rex Budde. “Our patients deserve to have healthcare that’s easily accessible and they deserve the nature of that care to be top-notch.”
- Expansion of the operating rooms from 7 to 10
- Renovations and additional space for post anesthesia recovery unit, surgical prep area and pre-operative holding.
- New Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Additional private inpatient rooms
- 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 Bart Millstead, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Administrator, the hospital 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.
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.
“We’ve seen the demand for our specialty services increase over time,” Millstead continues. “Patients want access to expert care that is close to home. We want to make sure their needs are met.”