St. Mary Medical Center's $40M surgical expansion plans make the cut

2013-04-04T21:30:00Z 2013-05-15T20:18:06Z St. Mary Medical Center's $40M surgical expansion plans make the cutBy Deborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | Plans by St. Mary Medical Center to construct a $40 million surgical pavilion at its main campus made the cut.

The plans were unanimously approved Thursday by the Plan Commission.

"This is a marvelous situation," Plan Commission President John Brezik said.

The 62,000-square-foot addition will be built on the hospital's main campus, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.

The two-story building will replace and house the current surgical department and intensive care unit with expanded, technologically advanced features, said Mary Fetsch, hospital marketing and community relations director.

Two stories will be constructed now with two more stories planned to be added at a later date, engineer Donald Torrenga said.

The hospital will continue to use its current surgical and intensive care facilities during construction with no expected disruption, Fetsch said.

The first floor of the pavilion will feature 12 large surgical suites, four minor procedure rooms, a post anesthesia care unit, same-day surgery, a recovery unit, new central sterilization department and a surgical family lounge.

The second floor will feature 20 private intensive care unit beds.

Construction is expected to begin in late summer with a proposed 18-month timeline to completion.

Details of the final plan and full scope of the project are expected to be formally announced this summer, Fetsch said.

Torrenga was told by planning officials to return to the May 2 Plan Commission meeting with utility information, including details on storm sewers, gas lines and fiber optics.

In other business, the Plan Commission also approved architect James  D. Smith and engineer Douglas Homeier to construct a 23,000-square-foot office building at the northeast corner of Marcella Boulevard and 62nd Street.

The office building, which will be called Hobart Square, will include at least two medical offices and at least one drive-up type restaurant, Smith said.

The two men were instructed by planners that they must also submit such information as landscaping and lighting plans prior to proceeding with construction.

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