Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg to break ground soon on new Surgery Center
Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg has announced plans to build an $18 million Surgery Center, the largest project of its kind since the hospital was built in 1971. The expansion will be on the southeast side of the hospital and will be close to 40,000 square feet.
“The Surgery Center will not only have its own parking and entrance on the east side of the building, but it will also be connected to the existing hospital for the comfort and care of our patients and their families,” said Randy Cason, Via Christi Hospital President & CEO. “And the new family waiting area also puts families closer to physicians, nurses and patients during a surgery.”
Groundbreaking is expected in late June to early July with completion in 18 to 24 months. The new center will have twice the number of procedure rooms the current surgery area contains: five operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms and one minor procedure room.
The project also has pre- and postoperating and recovery rooms. It is hoped that the new center will attract an additional 20 surgeons, physicians and other specialists to the hospital over the next three years.
“We talk about this being a great place to receive care, but this also is a great place to practice medicine,” said Via Christi Pittsburg CFO Deb Bainbridge. “We know investing in state-of-the-art technology is going to help us bring those physicians here to serve the patients of our region.”
The surgery center is the latest in a series of capital projects aimed at modernizing the hospital. Beginning eight years ago, a new outpatient area was completed, including an emergency room, the Via Christi Heart Center and QuickCare. A new intensive care unit was added on the fifth floor in 2006 and a cardiac step-down unit was added in 2009. In 2010, the hospital completed an $800,000 renovation of its community entrance, added a $2.7 million linear accelerator to the Via Christi Cancer Center and $1.5 million in technology to the heart center.