Groundbreaking held for hospital project
On Friday, St. John's Hospital-Cassville officials and employees and local community members gathered at the hospital's Gravel Street entrance for a groundbreaking ceremony that marks the start of a large construction and renovation project.
"The new area will be 5,000 square feet and the remainder of the project calls for remodeling of around 20 percent of the hospital," said Dave Steinmann, St. John's Hospital-Cassville vice president and chief operating officer. "The addition will house a new cafeteria. Our current cafeteria was built in 1947, so we are very excited about this project, which will upgrade and modernize our facility."
The project calls for the construction of a new kitchen and cafeteria with seating for 40 people. The cafeteria will feature multiple windows and a garden patio with outdoor seating.
A new loading dock and bio-hazard storage building will also be constructed on the west side of the hospital.
After renovations, the area where the cafeteria and kitchen is currently located will house a lab, the medical records and materials management departments and a pharmacy. Improvements to the heating and cooling systems and the installation of a new roof are also planned.
"The project will add a dedicated outpatient treatment area," said Steinman.
The project also includes plans for an operating room waiting area and private consultation room.
"We are very excited about having the opportunity to modernize our facility to improve services for the community," said Steinmann. "This project will result in a better place for our patients, visitors and coworkers when completed. It will help us offer better customer service."
The medical records and material management departments have already moved into temporary locations so that renovations can begin in those areas. The lab and pharmacy will be moved to temporary locations in the near future. The hospital's Gravel Street entrance will be closed during construction.
DeWitt and Associates, Inc., has been hired to complete the project, which will begin during the third week of February. The estimated project completion date is Nov. 19.
An open house event will be planned at St. John's Hospital-Cassville when the project is completed later this year. All community members will be invited to attend the event.