"St. Francis Medical Center is located in the center of population growth and the expansion was crucial and urgent to meet the growing community health needs. In fact, as soon as our four new ORs were completed, the schedules were already full.”
Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
RTA’s design of the award-winning St. Francis Medical Center allowed for the outfitting of two future operating rooms (OR’s) and the expansion of the Pre-Op, PACU, and Phase II Recovery areas. In 2012, as the center excelled, the need for a renovation became apparent. In 2018, RTA was again retained to expand the operating suite, adding an additional six ORs.
The design challenges of this project included upgrading smoke evacuation systems, addressing problematic expansion joint covers that inhibit gurney movement, and the privacy needs of Pre-Op and PACU.
The first of the two operating rooms designed by RTA is dedicated to orthopedic procedures and the second is used for neurological surgeries. The newly renovated operating suites include a sterile core, scrub stations, sub-sterile rooms, equipment alcoves, storage, an anesthesia workroom, a vendor supply room, a frozen section room, and a control desk with a spacious work area.
The Pre-Op, PACU and Phase II Recovery areas were expanded from 21 beds to 28. Two of the beds are enclosed in what the medical center calls “cry rooms,” which were specifically designed for pediatric patients who are scared and vocal.
The 2018 expansion was another a fully collaborative effort with the St. Francis Medical Center and used an Integrated Project Delivery method under a multi-party agreement contractual arrangement. Through cost and schedule gains obtained in other areas of the project, four operating rooms were able to be added instead of just two in the original design.