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Date: 3/5/2001

Community Hospital opens new medical office building; offers new clinics, services

The Community Hospital has opened the new Medical Office Building at 801 MacArthur Blvd., Munster, marking a significant expansion of services and space to better accommodate patient needs. The opening of all floors of the $30 million Medical Office Building completes the largest expansion the hospital has undertaken at its Munster campus in 20 years.

Three additional floors in the Medical Office Building - which is connected to the main hospital - are now open, housing new and expanded services. The opening follows the October 1999 opening of The Community Surgery Center on the first floor - the area’s first same-day surgical center connected to a hospital.

In addition to opening new services, the hospital has relocated some existing services to the Medical Office Building to open up space needed in the main hospital for highly specialized care. An additional 16 beds on the hospital’s third floor will be available as a “step-down” unit for patients recovering from neurosurgery, stroke, or other complex brain and spine illnesses. The new intermediate care unit will also be used for recovering heart patients. This expansion, expected to be final in spring, will allow for the hospital’s Neuroscience Critical Care Unit to expand from four beds to eight. The addition of the beds in the main hospital will bring the total to 370.

“Community Hospital is emerging as the area’s leading hospital for highly specialized care,” said Edward P. Robinson, Administrator of The Community Hospital. “This latest expansion will help us meet the new demands in the areas of heart and neurological illness, and completes an important phase of the hospital’s expansion.”

Among the services housed in the new Medical Office Building are: physician offices, exam suites, and new services such as the sleep center, wound care clinic, and heart failure treatment and infusion clinics. The entire second floor is dedicated to heart-related services and is the new home of the Heart Center at Community.

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“Our goal in relocating the Heart Center to the new Medical Office Building was to bring together all the specialties – from physicians to diagnostics and treatment – and to provide for expansion of services,” said John Gorski, division director of ancillary services at The Community Hospital. “Cardiac patients can now make one trip to see their physician, take a few steps down the hall to complete any diagnostic tests, and a few more to fill a prescription on their way home. Once we complete a parking garage later this year, patients will also be able to park essentially right outside the facility.”

Among the services available on the second floor at the new Heart Center facility are: offices for cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons; the advanced heart scan; non-invasive testing including echocardiograms, EKG, ultrasound, peripheral vascular studies; stress testing; thallium and nuclear medicine testing; lab services, a new Heart Failure Treatment Clinic and the Heart Failure Infusion Clinic. A new wound care clinic under development will also operate out of the Heart Center. By locating all of these services in one convenient location, Community Hospital has essentially created a “heart hospital within a hospital.”

The only cardiac services not located in the new Heart Center are the cath labs, open heart surgery suites and the related support services such as the recovery rooms and the cardiovascular intensive care unit, which will remain easily accessible through the hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion.

A new three-floor, 196,500-square-foot parking garage is under construction now to service the new Medical Office Building. The garage will be connected to the Medical Office Building to provide convenient access for patients. Special care was taken to support local business and help create local jobs. The garage is being built by Homewood-based Graycor Construction, and is expected to be completed in September.

In the Spring, Community Hospital will begin offering services to diagnose and treat sleeping disorders. These services will be located on the fourth floor of the medical office building, along with physician offices. Some of the most common disorders that will treated here include: obstructive sleep apnea, causing interruptions in breathing; narcolepsy, causing daytime sleep attacks and extreme drowsiness; insomnia, resulting in difficulties falling or staying asleep; nocturnal myoclonus, causing frequent leg movements that disturb sleep; and parasomnias, which cause movement disorders such as sleep walking.

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