Saint Marys Hospital

Mayo Clinic announced Monday that it will undertake a $72.1 million expansion of Saint Marys Hospital as part of Destination Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic announced this morning that it will start a $72.1 million project to add five floors to the Mary Brigh East Building and renovate the third floor of the Domatilla Building at Saint Marys Hospital.

Both projects, which are part of Destination Medical Center, will begin in 2014, with completion expected by early 2016.

The project will add 69 private rooms for patients, and they'll be bigger and better equipped than the rooms they're replacing, the clinic said in its announcement.

"Ceiling lifts will be installed for patient and staff safety, and patients will have private bathrooms and showers," the announcement said. "Each room will offer sufficient space for family members to stay overnight and include additional in-room workspace for staff."

Surgery expansion on Mary Brigh East is nearing completion on the first four floors.

This new project has long been on Mayo Clinic's expansion plans, but was delayed when Mayo added hospitals instead in Arizona and Florida, It will save $1 million, because the construction crane currently on-site will not need to be dismantled and re-installed, according to an estimate from Dr. Brad Narr, Mayo's DMC medical director,

Narr had predicted to the Post-Bulletin in April that, if DMC passed the Legislature, Mayo would announce the full $100-million tower "within a couple of years." The $72 million expansion, in addition to the current project, reaches that dollar amount.

The five floors being added will include three floors for patient care rooms, each with 23 private rooms, for a total of 69 private rooms with an additional 131,800 square feet, the clinic said. The remaining two floors will be used for shell space and mechanical infrastructure, with a total of 25,300 square feet.

When the project is completed, Mary Brigh East will be nine floors.

Replaced will be 73 inpatient beds currently located in the "outdated" Joseph Building, built in 1922.After the renovation, the Joseph Building will be used for hospital-based staff clinical support space.

That will be key to Mayo's ongoing efforts to transform the clinic and Rochester into the world's top Destination Medical Center, a $6 billion effort with nearly a half billion dollars in taxpayer money from city, county and state coffers.

According to Mayo, "the expansion and renovation at Saint Marys Hospital supports the Destination Medical Center's infrastructure by investing in improvements to increase the quality of care delivered to patients."

"Hospitals are the location where care is delivered to the most complex and seriously ill patients," said Dr. Amy Williams, medical director of hospital operations. "Patient safety is of the utmost concern in the hospital setting and this project will meet the needs of the patient by creating a safe and welcoming environment that is patient- and family-focused."

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