The FishHawk Riverview Rotary Club got a rundown on the upcoming St. Joseph's Hospital-South in Riverview, under construction on Simmons Loop Road, just east of Interstate 75 and west of U.S. Highway 301.
At the group's Feb. 11 luncheon meeting at Beef 'O' Brady's in Valrico, on Bell Shoals Road, the Rotarians heard from Judy D. Martin, director of development and community outreach for the hospital, who said residents can look forward to "good quality for reasonable prices." The hospital is schedule to open in 2015.
The hospital features a unique "racetrack" design, she said, which "offers a lot more privacy for the patient." The clinical staff is in the center, with patient rooms around the edge, to which access is gained through an outside hallway. Doors separate the clinical staff and those doors are not open to the patients, meaning the hustle and bustle and clatter of clipboards will not be heard by the patients resting in their rooms.
"We're trying to make it as restful as possible," Martin said, noting that all patient rooms are suites, "although that might be stretching it a little." Still, each room will have a private bath, "big enough to turn around in," Marti said.
Martin noted other details as well, both in the two videos posted with this account and also with additional comments, as noted below:
- Initially, the hospital will only administer heart catherizations. "After 300 heart catherizations we can apply to be licensed to do stints and angioplasty," she said.
- Women's services will include two dedicated operating suites when the hospital opens and four labor and delivery suites. Fourteen of the hospitals 90 beds will be mother-baby units.
- There will be two 30-bed surgical suites for more acute care.
- The remaining 16 of the hospital's 90 beds will be for intensive care.
- All rooms will have a standardized setup, meaning that what's in the top right-hand draw in Emergency Room No. 3 will be the same as what's in the same draw in Emergency Room No. 29. This way, "there's less room for error and it makes things work faster as well," Martin said.
- All records will be online.
- "Hospitalists" will be on hand, which "is a relatively new specialty in health care," Martin said. The hospitalist is a doctor who "only sees patients who are admitted to the hospital," Martin said. "They don't have a private practice outside of the hospital. They take charge of you while you're there."
- The hospital will have a positive economic impact in the area. St. Joseph's Hospital-South expects to employ 500 full-time workers, Martin said. There will be about 200 physicians.
Martin told the Rotarians that she hopes they don't get sick, "but if you are, we'll be there on Big Bend Road, I hope you visit us."
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