Archive for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

St. John Hospital announces $60 million expansion

January 19, 2005

Officials with St. John Hospital in Leavenworth announced today plans for a $60 million facility to replace the existing hospital.

Officials say the new hospital, which will be built on the existing campus at 3500 S. Fourth St., could accommodate 150 beds.

According to Greg Madsen, St. John administrator, constructing a new replacement hospital is part of the hospital's strategic plan to address the health care needs of the growing population as well as to prepare for projected long-term growth.

"Our ultimate goal is to provide a facility that serves the community and surrounding region and provides a state-of-the-art environment for our physicians and employees," he said.

Preliminary plans propose the new hospital will most likely be linked to the St. John Medical Plaza. Hospital size and layout have not been finalized but it is anticipated that the new facility will be designed to meet the full needs of the community.

Jim Paquette, Providence Healthcare and St. John CEO, said the new replacement facility represents the first of several announcements that will be unveiled over the next six months regarding investment and expansion of services in Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Northern Johnson County.

St. John is affiliated with Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Lenexa.

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