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Community Hospital expansion begins Monday

Updated: February 22, 2013 6:17AM



Community Hospital is starting a two-year, $33 million expansion project on Monday.

The Munster hospital is adding a 112,410-square-foot, four-story addition to the Emergency Department pavilion in order to double in size the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and add more surgery suites and rooms for stroke and heart patients, according to a release.

The top three floors of the new addition will go to creating a new Family Birthing Center, which will include 32 NICU beds and 25 post-partum private rooms. The new addition will also include 43 private rooms in the Intermediate Care Unit.

Once that part of the work is completed, which is expected to be by March 2014, and the birthing area has been moved, the hospital will expand the surgery suites to include four more surgery suites, four more gastrointestinal procedure suites, seven pre-operative beds, four recovery beds and 27 same-day surgery beds.

The addition will also allow the Neuroscience Intensive Care, Neuroscience Intermediate Care and the Cardiovascular Unit to expand.

The second phase is tentatively expected to be done by January 2015.

Community CEO Donald P. Fesko said in the release that the expansion will allow the hospital to handle patient growth.

“We also know that our patients want a hospital that can also cater to their needs for privacy and be able to deliver care as efficiently and as conveniently as possible,” he said.

According to spokeswoman Elise Sims, the hospital is seeing growth in all of the areas that are being expanded.

The project comes three years after Community built the $40 million Emergency Department pavilion, which is serving as the base for the new project.



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