St. Mary's Hospital Announces Plans For $200 Million Expansion

Friday, St. Mary's Hospital announced plans for another major expansion. The $200-million-dollar project is still very preliminary, but hospital officials say they've done lots of research to find what the community needs.

It's called the St. Mary's Hospital Century Project named for the hospital's second 100 years of service…. The hospital's Vice-President of Business Development, Dan Prinster, said it will cost take five years to complete.

The project includes building a 10–story addition that will connect the current hospital with the newly built parking garage on the south side of the St. Mary's campus. The addition will house the core in–patient care services such as cardiology, orthopedics, neurosciences, and maternity.

Currently many related departments are scattered throughout the building. Prinster said the expansion will allow for more efficiency and will be more patient and visitor friendly, with more private rooms, and newer technology. Once the additional structure is complete the existing building will undergo a renovation.

Hospital officials are putting the plan in place now because they expect patient days to increase 25% by 2015, also to meet the demand, by that time it's possible the hospital staff will grow by 200 employees. The last addition to the hospital was built more than 10 years ago.

The plans are so preliminary hospital officials didn't feel comfortable talking on camera about the development. Hospital officials have met with planning staff from the City of Grand Junction and were told their plan is doable under the city codes.

St. Mary's hopes to have an architect in place by the end of summer and figure it will probably take until the end of the year before receiving all the planning approvals. Construction could begin as early as January, 2007.

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