Saint Anne’s Hospital celebrates new patient pavilion

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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All private patient rooms, comfortable accommodations for families, efficient work spaces, and culture of healing and hospitality mark opening of new 40-bed building

Fall River, MA – Just less than one year after breaking ground, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, today held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to mark completion of southeastern Massachusetts’ newest hospital facility that will dramatically increase access to private patient rooms while incorporating some of the industry’s newest architectural standards.

The celebration of Saint Anne’s new patient pavilion was attended by leaders from the hospital, its parent organization, Steward Health Care, physician groups, including PrimaCARE in Fall River and Hawthorn Medical Associates in North Dartmouth, legislators, and other community leaders, dignitaries and hospital partners.

The multi-story, 60,000-square-foot building includes two floors housing 40 new private patient care rooms, ranging in size from ranging from 220 to 280 square feet. The reallocation of licensed beds from other areas of the hospital to the new pavilion now allows the hospital to convert inpatient rooms to private rooms throughout the hospital while maintaining its current number of licensed beds. Saint Anne’s is licensed for 160 beds, including adult medical-surgical, pediatrics and geriatric psychiatry.

Ground was broken for the $30 million facility on August 9, 2012.   It is scheduled to open to patients in August, on time and on budget.

“The importance of this new structure and what it represents cannot be overstated,” said Craig E. Jesiolowski, FACHE, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital. “We know that privacy is an important factor for both patients and their doctors when choosing a hospital. With the support of Steward Health Care, we’ve been able to realize our vision of a hospital that is attaining not only high standards of clinical excellence and patient safety, but also creating an even stronger culture of healing, service, hospitality, and hope.”

Jesiolowski notes that the new building is the latest in a series of facilities improvements that have transformed Saint Anne’s.

“In just three years, Saint Anne’s has launched an all-new emergency room, spacious new operating rooms, an eICU, a new medical office building, advanced robotic-arm technology for joint surgery, new information technologies, and numerous other advances in facilities and technologies, totaling more than $100 million,” he said. “It’s a tribute to Steward Health Care’s commitment to our communities and the willingness of our numerous community partners to work with us in making these advances possible.”

Frederick W. Schnure, MD, president of PrimaCARE, a multi-specialty medical group of 120 physicians and providers based in Fall River, and one of the original 23 founders of the PrimaCARE Professional Corporation, notes that the group is excited about the latest addition to Saint Anne’s.

“Our patients frequently remark about the compassion, friendliness and truly good care they experience,” said Dr. Schnure, who specializes in gastroenterology. “Now, we can also offer them private rooms. We’re excited about the transformation Saint Anne's has undergone to provide cutting-edge medical delivery to area residents.”

Saint Anne’s new patient pavilion at a glance
Saint Anne’s new patient pavilion’s design incorporates amenities for patients and families and efficiencies for staff, as well as sensitivity to preserving the environment.

For example, patients and families will enjoy:
•        private rooms with private bathroom and shower
•        ample seating and overnight accommodations for family and visitors (e.g., sleep sofa and lounge chair)
•        floors with sound-dampening features
•        larger rooms designed to accommodate patients who require special lifts, wheelchairs, furnishings, and bathroom facilities
•        spacious visitor lounges and family consultation rooms

Modern clinical design features, such as multiple nurse and staff work stations and built-in “clinician care zone” with computers in each room, will allow nurses and other care providers to document and retrieve clinical information immediately, increasing efficiency and minimizing corridor noise.

The building’s sustainable design includes features that reduce use of energy, water, and raw materials and prevent damage to the environment. Some of these include:
•        large exterior windows to allow plentiful natural light
•        acoustical controls on interior and exterior noise
•        white roof to avoid “heat island” effect and minimize impact on environment
•        reduced-flow fixtures and automatic shut-offs to ensure water efficiency
•        energy-efficient control systems to optimize energy performance

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children at its main campus in Fall River, in Rhode Island, and at its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. 

Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission (“Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Surgery and Pneumonia Care”); Healthgrades (Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013); The Leapfrog Group, “A” for patient safety); Harvard Pilgrim (Hospital Honor Roll for top 15% in U.S. for quality, safety and patient satisfaction); and Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement”).

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Saint Anne's Hospital Patient Pavilion 

Doing the honors at Saint Anne’s Hospital’s patient pavilion ribbon-cutting ceremony were (left-right) Lena Gomes, clinical leader, St. Mary patient care unit, Saint Anne’s Hospital; Frederick Schnure, MD, president of PrimaCARE, P.C.; Ralph de la Torre, MD, chief executive officer, Steward Health Care; Sr. Vimala Vadakumpadan, OP, chair of the Saint Anne’s Hospital board of directors; Fall River Mayor William Flanagan; Craig Jesiolowski, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital; State Senator Michael Rodrigues; and Kate Pereira, clinical leader, Sacred Heart patient care unit, Saint Anne’s Hospital. 

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