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St. Joseph expands vascular center



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St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center

St. Joseph’s breaks ground on expansion to ED, Mercy Heart and Vascular Center

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center recently broke ground on a $16 million expansion project that will add 40,386 square feet to its Emergency Department (ED) and the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center.

The expansion project, which is expected to take approximately 18 months, will almost double the number of rooms – from 17 to 30 – in St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. Moreover, the new layout of the department is being constructed with efficiency and a work environment that is more conducive to emergency medicine in mind.

“The new Emergency Department’s rooms will surround a work island where the physicians, nurses and other staff members will all be located,” said Steve Henson, St. Joseph’s Emergency Department-Intensive Care Unit Executive Director. “The expansion, as well as the new processes being planned with patient safety and satisfaction as the driving force, will lead to more efficiency.”

Meanwhile, the physical expansion to the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center will increase and provide a comprehensive approach to caring for cardiovascular patients. In addition to more office space for the Central Arkansas Cardiology Institute (CACI) cardiologists, the expansion will result in an area for vascular screenings, an expanded heart and vascular catheterization recovery room, a remodeled cardiac rehabilitation facility, a larger waiting room for heart and vascular patients and a new admissions-registration area.

“The Mercy Heart and Vascular Center is a new concept that provides a multidisciplinary program,” said Vicky Sanders, St. Joseph’s Mercy Heart and Vascular Center Product Line Manager. “It addresses patient access and the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic heart and vascular disorders in a ‘one-stop-shop’ environment. Identifying disease earlier allows for earlier intervention and improved outcomes.”

St. Joseph’s secured the services of The Wilcox Group Architects and Nabholz Construction for the expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2008.

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