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Hobart hospital breaks ground on $40 million addition

Officials take part groundbreaking ceremony. | Supplied photo

Officials take part in a groundbreaking ceremony. | Supplied photo

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Updated: June 17, 2014 2:00PM



HOBART — City and hospital officials Wednesday broke ground on a $40 million surgical pavilion and intensive care unit at St. Mary Medical Center that CEO Janice Ryba called the most complex project the hospital has undertaken to date.

The four-story building will add more than 113,000 square feet to the hospital at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.

More than 45,000 square feet of that space will be dedicated to the new surgical department on the first floor, with a 20-bed intensive care unit on the second floor. The third and fourth floors will be shelled out, providing flexibility for future needs.

“This will allow us to continue to commit to our mission of providing the highest quality care,” Ryba said.

Ryba said hospital officials had discussed renovating existing space at the Hobart hospital for several years.

“But the reality is we saw growth here (in Hobart, Porter County and eastern Lake County) and knew we really needed to grow the hospital. Now we’re primed for the future,” Ryba said.

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor thanked the hospital officials for their vision.

“This will have a regional impact once it’s completed,” Snedecor said.

He also noted that construction will coincide with improvements to 61st Avenue near the hospital that will take place next year.

Dr. Thomas Golubski, president of the hospital’s medical staff, thanked Community Healthcare System, of which St. Mary is a part, for “making a wish and a need a reality.”

The addition is expected to be completed in summer 2015.



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