Date: 7/11/2002

Patient tower sidebar - a brief look at St. Mary Medical Center

A Brief Look at St. Mary Medical Center

 St. Mary joined with St. Catherine in East Chicago and Community Hospital in Munster to form The Community Healthcare System in October 2001. St. Mary is a Catholic hospital dedicated to the mission of Sister Katherine Kasper, founder of The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the hospital’s founding order.

 The hospital opened in 1973 to service to South Lake and Porter Counties.

 St. Mary is a full-service, acute-care hospital of 194 licensed beds. The hospital employs a staff of 898 people and has a medical staff of 400 physicians.

 Capital projects: The hospital’s initial five-story tower was built in 1973, followed in 1988 by the Medical Arts Building and Intensive Care Unit. The Collective Image Health & Fitness Center for Women opened in 1996 with physician offices, workout facility, reference library, childcare and hair salon. In 1988, the hospital built a 30-bed transitional care unit that has since been converted to an acute rehabilitation center. The Portage Outpatient Health Center opened its doors in 1998 featuring a array of diagnostic services, followed in 1999 by the Merrillville Family Health Center. The Winfield Family Health Center brought the hospital services further south in 2001.

 Services of St. Mary Medical Center include cardiology, open heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation, electrophysiology, oncology, neurology, general surgery,
orthopedics/ joint replacement, birthing suites with available water birth
tub, pediatrics, Emergency Room, the Burn & Wound Center, physical therapy,
occupational health, pastoral care, Health & Rehabilitation Spectrum, Home
Health, the Collective Image Health & Fitness Center for Women and all other
diagnostic modalities

 St. Mary Medical Center owns and operates three Northwest Indiana outpatient facilities: Merrillville Family Health Center, 300 West 80th Place, Merrillville; Portage Outpatient Health Center, 3170 Willowcreek Road, Portage; Windfield Family Health Center, 10607 Randolph St., Crown Point.