St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital President Tom VanOsdol announced that construction will begin soon on the new Surgery Pavilion. The new, state-of-the-art surgical facility to be built on the south end of the hospital will be a $26 million investment in Anderson and Madison County.
Jim and Marilyn Ault led a capital campaign through St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital Foundation that raised $1.6 million in gifts toward the surgery facility’s construction. The majority of the funding has been made possible through St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital’s affiliation with Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health system in the country.
“We are extraordinarily grateful for our donors’ enthusiastic support of our surgical facilities capital campaign,” said VanOsdol. “Jim and Marilyn Ault’s generous efforts were integral to our success.”
St.Vincent Anderson currently performs more than 11,000 surgeries annually in three facilities: the inpatient and outpatient surgery department in the main hospital, the Surgery Center at 2210 Jackson Street and the Orthopedic Surgery Center, located in Central Indiana Orthopedics building at I-69 and Exit 22.
The new surgical facilities will replace the hospital’s surgery department and the Surgery Center. The Orthopedic Surgery Center will not be affected by this project.
“Construction will be completed in phases, and existing facilities will not be closed until the new one is open, affording continuity of care including all inpatient and outpatient surgical services for our patients throughout the entire transformation process,” VanOsdol explained. “A dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and associates have worked with our architects and engineers to design all aspects of the facility.”
“Over the years, we have invested in advanced surgical technologies of every kind, and this project represents a continuation of our dedication to providing the very best facilities and equipment available anywhere, right here in Anderson,” said VanOsdol. “We need this new facility to ensure adequate space to accommodate the growing surgical volume and newer technology that requires larger operating suites,” he explained. “The new facility will provide larger surgical areas and will increase the available number of operating rooms.”
Duane Cox, director of surgical services said “the surgery construction project will provide the additional needed space and allow greater operational efficiency by consolidating the surgical services offered in the main hospital and at the Surgery Center, both on Jackson Street.” He explained that the project will include a central nursing station and nine spacious operating rooms for inpatient and outpatient surgeries. “We will have easier accessibility for patients, increased privacy for patients and staff, and greater flexibility. A warm and comfortable waiting area will welcome families, and a new surgery chapel will provide a place for prayer and meditation,’ Cox added.
“We’re exceptionally proud of the surgical expertise we, in partnership with our skilled physicians and associates, are able to offer our community,” VanOsdol said. “Our surgeons perform most general surgical procedures and many specialized procedures, including total joint replacement, laser-assisted cataract surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and surgeries in specialty fields such as obstetrics/gynecology, urology, thoracic surgery and ear, nose and throat,” VanOsdol said. “St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital has been among the first to bring many surgical procedures to the residents of Anderson and Madison County. Our new facility will assist us in recruiting and retaining top-flight surgeons and anesthesiologists and allow us to continue bringing the latest in surgical excellence to our community in accordance with our Mission.”