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1/16/2013 Community Hospital

Hospital undergoes Major Expansion, adds Additional Patient Beds

A $33 million expansion of the Munster campus will add a new four-story addition over the Emergency Department Pavilion on the west side of the building off Calumet Avenue.

Community Hospital has announced it will begin a $33 million expansion of its Munster campus. Construction of a new four-story addition to the Emergency Department Pavilion will begin on Monday, January 21. This multiphase project will take 24 months during which time all hospital services will remain open.

The project is designed to add private rooms, double the capacity of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), expand the main Surgical Services area and increase capacity for stroke and heart patients.

"Community Hospital is the busiest hospital in Lake County and this latest expansion will help us to respond to the growth and demand for our services,¨ said Donald P. Fesko, CEO, Community Hospital.

Last fall, Community Hospital and University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children¡¦s Hospital entered into a partnership where critically-ill babies in Community Hospital¡¦s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are cared for by board certified University of Chicago Medicine neonatologists. This relationship ensures continuity in best practices, advanced technologies and techniques used in neonatal intensive care.

To accommodate growth in family services and specialty neonatology care, the top three floors in the Emergency Department (ED) Pavilion addition will encompass the Family Birthing Center, doubling the size of the NICU:
*4th floor - 25 private Post-Partum rooms plus Newborn Nursery
*5th floor - 32 bed NICU
*6th floor - 12 private Labor & Delivery rooms with 2 Caesarean section suites

In the second phase of the project, with the relocation of the existing Family Birthing Center to the new ED Pavilion addition, Surgical Services on the main floor will be expanded to include:
-- 4 additional surgical suites to accommodate the demand for robotic and other advanced/minimally-invasive surgeries
-- 4 gastrointestinal (GI) procedure suites to accommodate an increase in bariatric and other procedures
-- 7 pre-operative beds
-- 4 recovery beds
-- 27 Same Day Surgery beds

The third floor of the new ED Pavilion addition will house 32 private telemetry (Intermediate Care Unit) rooms, those that feature heart monitoring and other specialized equipment. These beds will be relocated from the Intermediate Care Unit currently located on second floor of the hospital.

Neuroscience Intensive Care and Neuroscience Intermediate Care will expand to the vacated Intermediate Care Unit to allow for the increased number of patients requiring neurosurgery, spine and stroke care.

The existing Cardiovascular Unit will relocate to the area of the vacated Labor & Delivery space on the first floor expanding the capacity and allowing for private patient rooms for heart and vascular patients.

"Patients look to Community Hospital for the high quality care it provides, for the expertise of its doctors and staff and its advanced technology,¨ said Fesko. "We also know that our patients want a hospital that can also cater to their needs for privacy and be able to deliver care as efficiently and as conveniently as possible. This project will not only create an expanded hospital on the outside, but a more patient-focused hospital on the inside,¨ he said.

Three years ago, Community Hospital invested more than $40 million to build a new Emergency Department Pavilion and add private rooms on three additional floors. Like this latest construction project, the expansion added advanced technology, new comforts for patients and families, and new efficiencies that enable the healthcare team to offer the highest quality treatment to patients.

For more information about the quality care and advances in surgical technology found at Community Hospital, click here.

219-836-4582 Elise Sims, specialist Media/Public Relations Marketing & Corporate Communications