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St. Margaret’s getting $11 million update

SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley is undergoing an $11 million construction project.

The project has been split up into three phases. The first phase, completed in June, took 18 months to enlarge the operating suite to improve patient flow through the department, said Tammy Pienta, RN, director of the hospital’s Surgical Services.

“We needed larger operating rooms to accommodate the new technology,” she added.

The second phase consists of a Colon and Esophagael Cancer Prevention Center that will be finished in 2014.

“St. Margaret’s is the only hospital in a 60-mile radius that provides the HALO procedure, a new ablation treatment that can prevent esophageal cancer from developing in those patients who have experience gastroesophageal reflux disease,” said Linda Burt, vice president of the hospital’s Marketing and Community Services.

The second phase includes increasing the size of the procedure rooms in the Colon and Esophagael Cancer Prevention Center. This phase will also include increasing the number of pre- and post-op bays.

The third phase, due to be done in early 2015, will also expand the pre- and post-operative bays in the outpatient surgery department. This will allow for increased patient privacy and improved patient throughput. This will accommodate the increase of outpatient procedures the hospital has experienced in recent years, reported Pienta and Burt.

All phases of the project has included redesigning the hospital’s current space through demolition of existing structures and rebuilding each area to create better workflow, increase patient privacy and accommodate new technology, said Pienta, who has worked 26 years at St. Margaret’s Hospital.

“As technology changes how we deliver treatment, we will continue to see a rise in care being provided in the outpatient setting,” said Burt. “This project is a testimonial to St. Margaret’s responding to the ever-changing needs of our communities and the shift of healthcare from inpatient to outpatient.”

Tax-deductible gifts to St. Margaret’s Hospital Foundation to assist with this latest expansion project can be made. Donations of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on the hospital’s Wall of Honor.

St. Margaret’s Hospital was founded in November of 1903 by seven sisters from the Sisters of Mary of Presentation, a group of nuns expelled from France by an anti-religious movement.

“Throughout the past 110 years, St. Margaret’s Health, in union with the Sisters of Mary of Presentation, has been serving joyfully the people of the Illinois Valley,” reported Burt. “The hospital is committed to the values of Catholic health care in caring for the needs of our patients and their families, the community and one another.”

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