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St. Joe's breaks ground on expansion

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21 to mark the start of its historic expansion project on the north end of its Prospect Hill campus in Syracuse.

The $220 million project, which will build a new emergency services building, operating room suites, intensive care unit, private patient rooms and a new data center, is the largest in the hospital's 140-year history. It also represents the largest "green" healthcare construction project in upstate New York.

St. Joseph's expansion will create 600 construction jobs and 200 new, permanent health care jobs.

"This expansion represents the second phase of our facility master plan that will propel St. Joseph's well into the 21st century," Theodore M. Pasinski, president of St. Joseph's said. "The first phase included construction of a new Medical Office Centre and parking garage, linked to a new main entrance and lobby, by way of a pedestrian bridge. The investment was $45 million. This second phase is several times larger, both in scope and investment.

"As a Franciscan institution, we're also proud to note that St. Francis is the patron saint of ecology, and we are committed to applying progressive, 'green' construction and operating principles throughout this project."

Construction under Way on Emergency Services Building

St. Joseph's will construct the new emergency services building first, which will house an expanded emergency department, complete with 54 beds and a 15-bed Clinical Observation Unit with a five-bed Chest Pain Center. The building also will include the Emergency Psychiatric Program, which will be expanded from 6,500 square feet to 17,000 square feet.

"Our emergency psychiatric program was originally designed to serve 2,000 patients per year yet we see nearly 6,500 each year," said Mary Bishop, executive director of St. Joseph's emergency psychiatric program. "This expansion will allow for proper treatment and isolation of patients with varying degrees of mental illness and will co-locate the facility with the medical emergency department, greatly decreasing transport time for those who also are in need of emergency medical help."

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