HOBART | Hospital officials broke ground Wednesday on a $40 million surgical pavilion addition to St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.
The Surgical Pavilion/ICU addition will add more than 113,000 square feet to the hospital, with more than 45,000 square feet dedicated to the new surgical department on the first floor.
The initial phase will be to complete a new 20-bed intensive care unit on the second floor.
An additional 40,000 square feet on the top two floors of the four-story addition will be shelled in, allowing for future growth, hospital CEO Janice Ryba said.
Physicians and staff members from the hospital contributed to the project design, said John Gorski, Community Healthcare System chief operating officer.
The expansion is the largest addition to the hospital’s Hobart campus in more than a decade, and construction is expected to finish in summer 2015.
Dr. Thomas Golubski, president of the medical staff at St. Mary Medical Center, thanked health care system leaders for "making a wish and a need a reality" with the expansion.
It helps St. Mary stay at the forefront of medicine and shows the hospital's commitment to the community, he said.
Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor said the city is excited about the project, which will have a regional impact when it is complete.
He thanked hospital officials for their commitment to recognizing growth opportunities in Hobart.
The hospital will continue to use its existing surgical and intensive care facilities without disruption during construction.
Walsh Construction is the general contractor for the project, which was designed by VOA Inc.