Saint Agnes Hospital celebrates the ceremonial Grand Opening of the new patient tower, now known as the South Tower, culminating nearly four years of vision, dedication and man hours.
The 200,000 square foot building, which is part of the overall $200 million campus transformation, includes an expansive new main entrance graced with a custom Mary Ann Mears sculpture in the rotunda, five new state-of-the-art operating rooms and 120 private rooms with many innovations designed to improve the patient experience and safety. The new toweris now open for patients.
“Saint Agnes is proud to have completed this project with almost 100% local construction and fit out companies and vendors,” said Bonnie Phipps, President & CEO of Saint Agnes Hospital. “The project was also completed in a very safe environment with no serious injuries occurring over the four year span of this portion of our renovation. As we continue the revitalization of the hospital, we will continue our mission of providing quality care in a compassionate environment.”
Unique aspects of the new tower include:
• Private rooms designed by physicians and nurses to improve the patient safety, privacy and staff efficiency
• An expansive new main lobby with floor to ceiling glass windows and a circular drive with a porte-cochere
• Five additional operating rooms
• A seven-story lighted cross, the largest of its kind in Maryland
• Three family waiting areas per floor
• Decentralized nurses stations, increasing efficiency and access
The tower was designed using the LEAN process, which focuses on maximizing patient safety, and was built in collaboration with physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff along with engineers, architects and other design professionals. RTKL Associates served as the architect for the project, White-Turning Contracting Company as the construction management firm and Leach Wallace and Associates as the mechanical, electrical plumbing and engineering firm.
Additional projects for the hospital include the planning of a new 60,000-square-foot medical office building and expanded Cancer Institute, a new parking garage and completion of the Hackerman-Patz House, which broke ground in March and is expected to be completed next spring.