Tall mounds of dirt and deep excavated shafts mark the area where the new Surgery Pavilion at St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital will stand.
The first phases of construction from May through September have focused on preparing the interior and underground infrastructure. The interior of the former Emergency Room was demolished. Sanitary and storm sewer lines had to be reconfigured for the site. New fiber-optic lines have been laid.
“The new, state-of-the-art surgical facility being built on the south end of our hospital campus represents an investment of $27 million in Anderson and Madison County”, said St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital President Tom VanOsdol.
Jim and Marilyn Ault led a capital campaign through the St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital Foundation that raised $1.6 million in gifts toward the surgery facility’s construction. The majority of the funding has been made possible through the hospital’s affiliation with Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health system in the country.
“We are extraordinarily grateful for our donors’ enthusiastic support of our surgical facilities capital campaign and for their dedication in helping us steward our mission and ministry” said VanOsdol. “Jim and Marilyn Ault’s generous efforts and leadership were essential to our success.”
The new surgical facilities will replace the hospital’s surgery department and the free-standing Surgery Center on the Anderson campus. The Orthopedic Surgery Center, located in the Central Indiana Orthopedics facility at I-69 and Exit 222, will continue in that location.
“Construction will be completed in phases and existing facilities will not be closed until the new one is open, ensuring continuity of care, including all inpatient and outpatient surgical services for our patients throughout the entire transformation process,” VanOsdol explained. “A dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and associates have worked with our architects and engineers to design all aspects of the new facility.”
“Over the years, we have invested in advanced surgical technologies of every kind, and this project represents a continuation of our dedication to providing the very best facilities and equipment available anywhere, right here in Anderson,” said VanOsdol. “We need this new facility to ensure adequate space to accommodate the growing surgical volume and newer technology that requires larger operating suites,” he explained. “The new facility will provide larger surgical areas and will increase the available number of operating and procedure rooms. Most importantly, every aspect of our facility is being designed with the patient in mind. Our goal is to provide the most comfortable, efficient and highest quality experience available anywhere for every patient and for their loved ones throughout the entire process.”
Duane Cox, director of Surgical Services, said, “The surgery construction project will provide the additional needed space and allow greater operational efficiency by consolidating the surgical services offered in the main hospital and at the Surgery Center.” He explained that the project will include a central nursing station and 10 spacious operating rooms for inpatient and outpatient surgeries. “We will have easier accessibility for patients, increased privacy for patients and staff, and greater flexibility. A warm and comfortable waiting area will welcome families, and a new surgery chapel will provide a place for prayer and meditation,’’ Cox added.
“We’re exceptionally proud of the surgical expertise we, in partnership with our skilled physicians and associates, are able to offer our community,” VanOsdol said. “Our surgeons perform most general surgical procedures and many specialized procedures, including total joint replacement, laser-assisted cataract surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and surgeries in specialty fields such as obstetrics/gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, thoracic surgery and ear, nose and throat,” VanOsdol said. “St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital has been among the first to bring many surgical procedures to the residents of Anderson and Madison County, and we intend to continue to lead the way. Our new facility will assist us in recruiting and retaining top-flight surgeons and anesthesiologists and allow us to continue bringing the latest in surgical excellence to our community in accordance with our Mission.”