Salem Hospital Gets Permission For Phase Two ExpansionThe Illinois Department of Public Health has given Salem Township Hospital the green light to proceed with construction of the Phase Two expansion and renovation. Hospital President Stephanie Hilton-Siebert says pre-approved contractors were given the set of plans Wednesday to begin preparing their bids. The bids will be opened on February 15th and after review could be awarded as early as the February 23rd meeting of the hospital board. Hilton-Siebert says the goal is to begin construction in spring, with completion over a two year period.
"The first thing that will be completed will be the new rural health clinic, and that will be in the center of the facility. Within that, we will be doing a same-day stay area. In the meantime we will have to move our specialty physicians to that area so we can complete some additional work within that area. We're having a lot of growth in our specialty clinics, and we don't have the physical space for them. So this is going to allow us to allow four more specialty physicians per day that can actually see patients and they'll have their own waiting room within this. Also we'll be completing our pharmacy as well as our new medical/surgical wing is completed and our new ICU. So that is going to allow us to be able to have all private rooms for patients", said Hilton-Siebert.
Hilton-Siebert says there will be 22 all private patient rooms and three rooms in the new intensive care unit.
The hospital board welcomed two new board members. Sandie Phillips was appointed by the Salem Township Hospital Board to replace the late Dr. S.E. Rubio. Phillips is on the Salem Township Hospital Foundation and will be able to offer their perspective. The new President of the Salem Township Hospital Auxiliary Debra Hays will serve the next year to provide input from the auxiliary.
Hilton-Siebert announced the hospital has entered a partnership with the American Red Cross to be a sponsor of the four community blood drives held each year at the Salem Community Activity Center. They will provide food and giveaway items to blood donors.
The hospital abated $188,700 in property taxes for the alternate revenue bonds that helped pay for the new radiology addition. The bonds will be paid instead from the hospital's operating revenues.
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