St. Mary Medical Center wins approval for surgical pavilion plans

2013-05-02T22:30:00Z 2013-05-15T20:17:06Z St. Mary Medical Center wins approval for surgical pavilion plansDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Plans by St. Mary Medical Center to construct a $40 million surgical pavilion at its main campus are good to go.

The Plan Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the site plan as presented by engineer Donald Torrenga.

His presentation entailed utility information, including details on storm sewers, gas lines and fiber optics.

"We're all done. We just have to build it," Torrenga said following commission approval.

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, 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, 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 for completion.

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

In other business, the commission approved site plans presented by Jimmy Gerodemos, owner of the Paragon Family Restaurant, 1701 E. 37th Ave.

Gerodemos said his plans are to add an enclosed 256-square-foot outdoor patio that can be used year-round.

Gerodemos agreed with planners to add decorative landscaping, if possible, including planters.

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