© 2013 Loebl Schlossmann and Hackl

Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center
Emergency Department
Begins Construction

This morning Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, located at 2233 West Division Street, broke ground for their new Emergency Department, designed by Loebl Schlossman & Hackl.

Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center and Saint Elizabeth Hospital, only a few city blocks apart, were recently integrated by Resurrection Health Care under the new name of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Resurrection Health Care is in the middle of a $35.6 million, three-year facility improvement program as they combine and restructure the medical services provided by these hospitals. The new 25,500 SF Emergency Department (ED) will allow for the consolidation and significant enhancement of emergency services, providing a state-of the-art facility to accommodate approximately 70,000 visits annually.

The building is positioned to allow for direct internal access to the existing Radiology and Procedure areas that provide critical ER support services. The addition's siting also resolves current traffic flow conflicts creating separate public and ambulance access drives and entry points.

The one-story ED is designed to accommodate two additional stories, allowing for new patient floors to be added in the future. The new steel framed, precast clad structure will complement the concrete finish of the existing building. The main waiting area features expanses of glass looking out onto garden landscaping. Patterned brick-faced retaining walls screen the ambulance court and support landscaped areas facing the residences across the street.

The Emergency Department addition is configured for a total of 31 treatment bays including Trauma, Acute Care and Psychiatric Care Rooms. Integral CT Scan and Radiology support spaces will be available right in the ED. Instead of curtained cubicles, all treatment areas are private rooms. A large triage area and a fast track area separated from the main ED allow for more efficient patient flow and respond to varying levels of patient need.

Loebl Schlossman & Hackl provided architecture and medical planning services for the project; Bowman, Barrett & Associates provided structural engineering; KJWW Engineering Consultants provided MEP engineering; Eriksson Engineering Associates provided civil engineering; and Wehler-Peterson & Associates provided landscape architecture.