Community members, St. Joseph Hospital volunteers and staff, donors and physicians gathered on Monday, October 11 to witness the official unveiling of the exterior of the new Northeast Tower in Eureka. About St. Joseph Hospital’s Northeast Tower project:
Construction on the project is moving forward on schedule. The new, $140 million Northeast Tower will be completed in April, 2011. Some of the new features will include an expanded Emergency Department, eight operating rooms and 40 patient care beds.
"St. Joseph Hospital’s Board of Trustees and Capital Campaign Committee members were elated with the turn out celebrating the unveiling of the new patient tower," said CEO Joe Mark. "It was a celebration highlighting the many advantages the tower project has brought and will bring to everyone in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties-access to outstanding specialty care and the preservation of 1300 good paying jobs for the north coast region," Mark added.
Gene Lucas, President of the McLean Foundation, also presented a $500,000 check to Mark to go towards the new Tower. "We want to acknowledge the McLean Foundation for its payment of $500,000 toward its $2 million pledge that serves as a lead gift "spur" toward reaching our Phase I goal of $12.5 million toward the down payment on the new tower," said Mark.
St. Joseph Hospital has grown tremendously since the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange arrived here nearly a century ago, and today the hospital is literally growing to meet the future needs of the North Coast community. Blueprint for Excellence is the name of St. Joseph Hospital’s new northeast expansion construction project – a state-of-the-art, three-story building totaling 100,000 square feet. Construction costs are estimated to be about $140 million and the project is scheduled to be completed in April, 2011. When finished, the Northeast Tower at St. Joseph Hospital will include the following departments and services:
Lower Level: Emergency Department with 20 treatment bays; new reception and waiting area for patients and visitors; relocation of Central Sterile Department; Emergency Department Imaging with CT scan, radiology and ultrasound.
First Floor: Surgical suite with eight operating rooms and a catheterization lab; 17 prep and recovery beds; 10 beds in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit; and a new main entrance, lobby and waiting area.
Second Floor: 12 beds in the Intensive Care Unit; ICU waiting room and nurses’ station; 40 patient care beds.