The ribbon is cut in multiple places to open the new $10.5-million dollar Phase II of Salem Township Hospital Saturday afternoon.
New private patient room at Salem Township Hospital. The couch in the rear of the room is for family members and can be closed off from the room with a curtain.
The large waiting room area that provides a view of the Salem Reservoir and contains helpful features as cell phone charging stations.
The patient wing contains a family meeting room complete with microwave oven and sink.
A large number of area residents toured the new $10.5-million dollar Phase II renovation and expansion of Salem Township Hospital during a Saturday open house.
The upper level of the new wing contains 23 private patient room with amenities for the family, a three bed ICU unit, a large waiting room with large windows overlooking the Salem Reservoir. The bottom level has five specialty physician offices, each with their own waiting room and four exam rooms. It also includes a Davita Dialysis unit that will teach patients how to provide the dialysis to themselves at home. A Surgical Clinic is still under construction.
The Master of Ceremonies for the Ribbon Cutting, Board Chairman Dick Haney, called the event the biggest of his life after his marriage and birth of his children.
A Representative of Congressman John Shimkus offered his congratulations.
State Senator Kyle McCarter commended the hospital for being able to complete the project during uncertain financial times. "Sometimes it is a struggle to find funds to expand hospitals and provide better care and greater access. But our local communities can obviously do it, and this is proof of it today, so congratulations," said McCarty.
State Representative John Cavaletto noted the importance of the project to the area. "If this doesn't help be one of the big plusses, with our schools, to help Salem to grow I think we are missing a point. People will look at this facility when they come to town and they'll see it and they'll think nothing but the greatest thing here," said Cavaletto. "The medical care in Salem has just gone up fen fold."
Cavaletto also remembered the late Barney Bruce who did so much for the hospital as the President of the Hospital Foundation.
In introducing Hospital President Stephanie Hilton-Siebert, Haney noted it was her vision and her work that brought the addition to reality over the past five years.
Hilton-Siebert noted the importance of the hospital to provide emergency care and save lives. She says the hospital has done that with the right combination of doctors, care, and equipment. "Today is an absolutely wonderful day. Looking back at all the planning that has been involved, but most importantly it is all of you who are here today, because this hospital is for you. That's what it is all about," said Hilton-Siebert. "The entire time I've been here it has been about the community and the people who live in this community."
Hilton-Siebert noted the revisions in the plans during the construction process as a result of the rapid ongoing changes in health care. She says originally the new wing was only going to have the new patient rooms, with the basement level being left as a shell for future growth.
"We want to make sure people in Salem and the surrounding area have access to the same care as someone in the metropolitan area. We needed to bring more speciality physicians in. We needed to create a space. I no longer could schedule any more specialty physicians because I did not have the space to put them in. So we went ahead and moved forward and finished that out so we could have more speciality physicians come to Salem," said Hilton-Siebert.
Hilton-Siebert says the surgical clinic and dialysis program where also added once the planning process had began. She says the project touched two-thirds of the hospital and a lot of the original infrastructure was rebuilt. Hilton-Siebert noted changes continue to come about and she hoped the community would be supportive of moving Broughton Road in the future if the hospital continues to grow.
She commended the hospital foundation and auxiliary for their tremendous support. Just before the ribbon cutting, the Hospital Foundation presented another $100,000 check towards the furnishing of the new wing. The foundation has now raised about $1.5-million dollars for hospital projects.
The hospital cannot begin using the new wing until the Illinois Department of Public Health grants an occupancy permit. The hospital requested the inspection in mid-February and expect it will be scheduled in the next few weeks.
The Salem Township Hospital Foundation presente,000 check towards furnishing of the Phase II addition.