"We are pleased that the state planning board approved this
important project," said Mitch Johnson, senior vice president and
chief strategy officer for Memorial Health System. "Construction is
scheduled to begin in March and will be completed in phases, with
the final phase finished in early 2016."
The project includes:
three floors with 114 private patient rooms near the hospital
Six new operating
rooms and renovation of perioperative and surgery services.
Development of a
new main entrance plaza and renovation of the main lobby.
Upgrading of the hospital utilities
"This project will position Memorial to provide for our
community's well-being for many decades to come," said Ed Curtis,
president and chief executive officer of Memorial Health System.
"These additions to our hospital will increase privacy, comfort and
safety for our patients and improve the setting we provide for
family members and others who visit our hospital every day."
Target completion dates for the various phases of the expansion
project are December 2014 for the first phase of the surgery
expansion and main lobby renovation, May 2015 for the second phase
of the surgery renovation, and January 2016 for the new private
patient rooms and main entrance renovation.
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In addition, the hospital is building the Memorial Center for
Learning and Innovation, a three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility
on the southeast corner of Rutledge and Miller streets. The center
did not need approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and
Services Review Board.
The learning center will include a large conference room to
accommodate up to 300 people for professional classes, conferences,
Memorial-sponsored health learning events and other such educational
programs. A state-of-the-art clinical simulation center and a
surgical-skills laboratory will include facilities to provide
hands-on training and patient care education in simulated clinical
Memorial officials said 100 new jobs will need to be filled
within Memorial Medical Center to staff and operate the additional
facilities by the time all stages of the expansion project are
completed in 2016. An estimated 400 construction jobs will also be
created in the community during the construction period.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]