Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

St. John announces plans for $65 million building

April 26, 2007

St. John Hospital in Leavenworth has announced plans to construct a new $65 million facility.

Mike Dorsey, newly appointed president/CEO of St. John's and Providence Medical Center, said the project would expand the availability and convenience of health care services in Leavenworth, Lansing and the area.

"Two years ago, we knew this was the direction we needed to go," Dorsey said.

Those plans, however, were put off because of a number of factors, but now St. John's is ready to move forward.

The facility will be built in front of the existing hospital at 3500 S. Fourth St. and will feature advanced technology and increase beds by about 50 percent

"This is a major commitment by the Kansas City region of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System that will build on our long legacy of service and solidify our presence as leading health care providers well into the future," Dorsey said.

He said he hoped construction could begin sometime this year with 2010 as the opening date for the new hospital.

"A lot of people are very anxious to get this thing built," Dorsey said.

The new building most of the services now offered in the existing hospital, with the exception of the Senior Behavioral Health Center and administrative functions.

"One of these days, we'll turn off the lights in the old and turn them on in the new," he joked.

Greg Madsen, St. John administrator, will oversee construction of the new building.

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