Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett employees celebrated the hospital’s facility expansion with physicians, political leaders, members of the business community and the public taking part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The result will be 56 additional beds with the capacity to add 40 more at a later date, ultimately increasing Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett’s bed total to 196. The hospital’s intensive care unit has doubled in size, two additional surgery suites are available, and ancillary services such as the pharmacy and laboratory have been relocated and expanded. “The new beds will help us meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Kem Mullins, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief executive officer. “The 83,000 additional square feet of space will give us the space we need to grow our service lines. A dedicated orthopedic and spine unit, stroke and chest pain certification, and expanded women’s services will all be result of this facility expansion.”
In addition to Mullins, the ceremonial ribbon was cut by David Archer, Saint Francis Healthcare chief executive officer; Gwen Bonner, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief operating officer; Melissa Kinard, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett radiology technologist; Mayor Keith McDonald, City of Bartlett; Melvin Payne, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett medical staff president; Brad Taylor, Tenet Healthcare director of business development; and Debra Taylor, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief nursing officer. Hospital employees contributed items to a time capsule that will be sealed inside the walls of the new building.
“It is fitting that we celebrated our expansion with the people of Bartlett and Northeast Shelby County,” said Mullins. “They have been extremely supportive of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. This facility expansion is a statement that the future is bright, as it will allow us to continue to provide area residents with exceptional care close to home.”
The facility expansion is a $34 million dollar project. Ground was broken on the project on Sep. 23rd, 2010. Construction was completed by Hoar Construction, with architecture by Hinson Miller Kickirillo Architects PLLC.
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