Via Christi Surgery Center breaks ground in Pittsburg
Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg broke ground Nov. 19, 2012, on its new 40,000-square-foot Surgery Center, to be located on the southeast lawn of the campus outside the chapel and cafeteria.
The center will feature five operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, pre- and post-operating and recovery rooms and a minor procedure room. There also will be a new family waiting area, which will put families closer to physicians, patients and nurses during surgeries. The Surgery Center is connected to the hospital’s community entrance, so visitors have easy access to the cafeteria, pastoral care services, the patient tower and outpatient entrance. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2014.
“This shows an investment in the health of Pittsburg, southeast Kansas and the surrounding communities that rely on Via Christi Hospital for their needs,” said Randy Cason, president and chief executive officer of Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.
After Father Marco DeLoera blessed the construction site, Cason joined 10 others to turn the first shovels of dirt on the project, including John Ketterman, mayor of Pittsburg; Blake Benson, president of Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce; Pat Crossland of Crossland Construction, project contractor; Deb Cartwright, hospital chief financial officer; Julianna Rieschick, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care; Jacob Tarabolous, DO, head of anesthesia; Bashar Marji, MD, chief of medical staff; Dave Brown, principle architect; Wendell Wilkinson, chairman of the hospital board; and Brenda Lemmons, director of perioperative surgery.