(Breese, IL) – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese ceremonially unveiled their new Outpatient Surgery Center on Thursday, November 9, with a Blessing and Dedication Mass led by the Most Reverend Thomas Stanley G. Schlarman, DD, Diocese of Belleville.
The new Outpatient Surgery Center was designed to increase efficiency and patient privacy in a beautiful environment. The $9.4 million Outpatient Surgery expansion includes a 13,880 square-foot addition to house 22 ambulatory surgery prep/recovery rooms, including four infusion rooms, support space, consultation rooms, waiting areas, and a new ambulance garage. The building will also have a new discharge exit with an overhang and a circle drive, so patients will not need to travel through the hospital after having surgery. The project also includes renovation of existing hospital departments including Emergency and Surgical Services. The Outpatient Surgery expansion is expected
to be opened in December 2017.
In his welcoming remarks at the Blessing and Dedication, Chris Klay, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital President and CEO, shared, “This new addition supports St. Joseph’s Hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional care to Clinton County. The design of our new Outpatient Surgery Center will promote operational efficiency and offer a beautiful environment supporting patient privacy,” he said.
Klay thanked a number of individuals and organizations who supported St. Joseph’s Hospital in the development of this project. On behalf of the hospital Board of Directors, colleagues and physicians, he expressed his gratitude to his predecessor, Paulette Evans, for her hard work and efforts in the planning and launch of this new facility. He also shared his appreciation to the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and Hospital Sisters Ministries for their support, along with the leaders of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and the HSHS Southern Illinois Division. Klay also acknowledged members of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors for their support and encouragement throughout this project.
Klay also shared his appreciation for the colleagues who work at St. Joseph’s Hospital, “While having an outstanding new facility to offer enhanced health care is nice, the compassionate care provided by our providers and colleagues truly creates an exceptional experience for all patients who come through our doors,” he said.
St. Joseph’s Hospital also offered an opportunity for community members to tour the new Outpatient Surgery Center during a public Open House on Sunday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Approximately 200 area residents toured the new facility and were impressed by its beautiful design and the convenience it offers for those needing outpatient surgery.
Photo Caption #1: Chris Klay (right), President and Chief Executive Officer of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, makes welcoming remarks at the Blessing and Dedication of the hospital’s new Outpatient Surgery Center on November 9. The Most Reverend Thomas Stanley G. Schlarman, DD, Diocese of Belleville (center), was the celebrant of the Blessing ceremony, and was joined by Deacon Linus Klostermann, St. Joseph’s Spiritual Care Minister.
Photo Caption #2: The Most Reverend Thomas Stanley G. Schlarman, DD, Diocese of Belleville, blesses HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese’s new Outpatient Surgery Center, with participants from St. Joseph’s, Curt Rommerskirchen, Director of Facilities Management, and Cheryl McKee, Outpatient Surgery Unit Clerk.
Photo Caption #3: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese’s new Outpatient Surgery Center was designed to increase efficiency and patient privacy in a beautiful environment. The Outpatient Surgery expansion is expected to be opened in December 2017.