By Roxanne Squires
COLDWATER, Ohio – Mercer Health announced the opening of Mercer County Community Hospital’s new Sanderell Family West Wing, after breaking ground in September 2016 and officially beginning construction on April 2017.
The new 67,000-square-foot West Wing allows Mercer Health to continue its mission to positively steer the community’s health.
The three-story West Wing includes a new outpatient center, an impatient center, a surgical center and the atrium.
The Outpatient Center, located on the first floor, provides specialty services offered in this center, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care and much more.
The new Outpatient Center includes 10 Outpatient Treatment Rooms, two Chemotherapy Infusion Rooms and two Procedure Rooms.
With the number of Outpatient Center procedures per year increasing from 2,764 in 2011 to over 5,853 in 2017, the new center will help accommodate an increased amount of patients.
The Inpatient Center, located on the second floor, provides 18 new private patient rooms and bathrooms. Annual inpatient admissions has increased from 1,876 in 2014 to 2,171 in 2017.
The Inpatient Center located on the third floor in the current East Wing, including the ICU rooms, will continue to be utilized, allowing for over 40 inpatient rooms at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital.
The Surgical Center, located on the third floor, features four large operating rooms, two scope rooms, six recovery rooms, 16 private pre-and post-operating rooms, two private consultation rooms and a larger, more enhanced surgical waiting area.
The new Surgical Center also includes a larger and enhanced central sterile processing center for more efficient processing of instruments used for surgical procedures. The number of surgical procedures per year has increased nearly 25 percent since 2011.
The new state-of-the-art Surgical Center will also allow for additional opportunities for future technological enhancements and the recruitment of additional surgeons providing more specialized surgeries locally at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital.
The Atrium connecting the current East Wing to the new West Wing features Hazelnut Coffee Bar, an Outside Healing Garden, a Baby Grand Piano generously donated to Mercer Health and enhanced dining spaces including an outdoor pavilion.
In addition to this, an enhanced café, The Cedar Table Café, located in the space of the former dining room, will open in November 2018.
Design group of Columbus, Ohio was selected as the architect and Weigand Construction of Ft. Wayne, Ind. as the Construction Manager of this project.
Mercer’s new hospital wing opened its doors to patients on Oct. 18, 2018.
Reports from Mercer Health contributed to this story.