New hospital ready to open

AA-St. Vincent Fishers HospitalSt.Vincent Fishers Hospital, a 110,000-square-foot inpatient expansion to St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast, is finished and will be open to patients on April 8.

The 50-bed inpatient expansion was designed by BSA LifeStructures with a focus on improving the patient care experience. The expansion includes 30 med-surg rooms, 10 observation beds and 10 labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms. The design incorporates elements designed to reduce stress, expedite the healing process, reduce patient’s length of stay and improve staff morale and productivity.

“St.Vincent Health and BSA LifeStructures emphasized the creation of a facility that compliments the holistic patient care approach of St.Vincent,” said Carl Johnson, BSA LifeStructures lead architect on the project. “St.Vincent Fishers Hospital strikes a balance between healing, comfort, functionality and symbolism. The individual spaces are warm and inviting, yet taken as a whole, the design of the facility provides a reassuring sense of quality and efficiency.”

St.Vincent Fishers Hospital is on target to be the first hospital in Indiana to achieve the new LEED for Healthcare certification. This new rating system recognizes sustainable measures that encourage environmental stewardship in healthcare design while reducing operational costs and increasing energy performance.

“It’s a state-of-the-art facility that differs from other hospitals in one important way, it is built based on the community’s feedback. Over the past several years, we surveyed hundreds of area residents, and their answers form the foundation of the new St.Vincent Fishers Hospital,” said Gary Fammartino, administrator of St.Vincent Fishers.

Highlights of the new facility include:

■ Increased energy savings – The expansion achieves a 14-percent improvement in energy savings compared to industry standards.

■ Decreased noise levels – Patient and staff exposure to disruptive noise levels is reduced through the use of acoustically designed exterior glass panels.

■ Improved stormwater quality – Stormwater quality treatment units remove 80 percent of the total suspended solids from runoff.

■ Reduced energy use – Transom windows provide an abundance of natural light that compliments occupancy sensors for efficient lighting control.