St. John's breaks ground on addition

Thursday, September 30, 2010

St. John's Hospital-Cassville broke ground Tuesday on a 10,000-square-foot addition that will create a new medical office building.

"This project represents a significant commitment by St. John's to the patients, physicians and co-workers," said Doug Stroemel, St. John's Hospital West Region president at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The new medical office building is designed with space for six providers. Dr. Jamie Zengotita, Dr. Jennifer Lambert, Dr. Connie Butler, physicians assistant Amanda Crim and nurse practitioner Amanda Winfrey and their staffs will be moving their offices into the new building once it is completed next spring. The five medical care providers currently see patients at the St. John's Clinic-Cassville, which is located east of the hospital.

"They've outgrown their space, and the current location is not the best for visibility," said Dave Steinmann, St. John's Hospital-Cassville vice president and chief operating officer.

The new medical building will include a good-sized waiting room with 18 exam rooms, a lab and special drawing area, a separate procedures room and a large conference room. The facility was also designed with space for additional providers.

The addition will wrap around the southside of the building, and access to the new medical office will be off of Main Street with patients using the hospital's front parking lot.

"We're very interested in our patients' experience," said Steinmann. "This (new medical office building) will be very visible with easy in and out for the patients."

If a patient needs to utilize hospital services following their doctor's visit, a corridor will lead them directly into the hospital without the patient ever having to leave the building.

With more than twice the space of their old clinic. The new facility will allow the doctors to treat patients more efficiently. Steinmann said the usage of space within the building addition was designed by the doctors who visited several state-of-the-art clinics before providing their guidance.

"The doctors designed this," said Steinmann. "They built in a lot of efficiencies. The nurses' stations and doctors' areas are located close to the exam rooms they'll be working with. The doctors also chose to have a single space with work stations rather than individual offices. This saved square footage and also gives them an opportunity to talk to each other."

Construction on the project begins today (Wednesday) with DeWitt and Associates, of Springfield, serving as general contractor.

The medical office building project follows two other significant projects that St. John's has undertaken at its Cassville facility.

In August, St. John's Hospital-Cassville opened a new 5,000-square-foot dietary department that includes a large indoor cafeteria, an outdoor garden patio area and a state-of-the-art food services department available to hospital patients, employees and visitors.

Next month, the second part of the building project, which calls for the renovation and remodeling of around 20 percent of the hospital facility, will be finished.

The hospital's former cafeteria and kitchen, which were constructed in 1947, are being converted into a lab, the medical records and materials management departments and a pharmacy. The project also includes plans for a dedicated outpatient treatment area, an operating room waiting area and a private consultation room.

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