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Announcement set for $69 million surgery center at JCMC

February 24th, 2012 10:23 am by Madison Mathews

Announcement set for $69 million surgery center at JCMC

Mountain States Health Alliance will break ground Monday on a $69 million surgery tower to be built at Johnson City Medical Center.

Ed Herbert, MSHA vice president for communications and marketing, said Friday the surgery center is the latest update to the JCMC campus as it continues to grow as a major tertiary referral center.

“Many people are referred here and this is now part of the continuing commitment to bring the best technology and most advanced procedures to JCMC,” he said.

Expected to open in the summer of 2013, the 160,000-square-foot addition will feature 16 operating suites, expanded and updated to house the latest surgical technology and equipment, along with 48 patient beds for pre- and post-surgical care.

The facility will be located on the south side of the JCMC campus, closest to East Tennessee State University.

The project is slated to include $34 million in construction and $35 million to equip the facility.

Herbert said the operating rooms in the new building will be 30 percent larger than those currently used by physicians.

Additional space in operating rooms has become a necessity, Herbert said, as MSHA continues to utilize new technology, such as da Vinci robotic surgical systems.

“The technology at JCMC rivals some of the best hospitals in the country. We’re keeping people closer to home and to bring this kind of technology and greater space to the OR to JCMC will just assist as it sees more and more people coming from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia,” he said.

Beneath the surgery center, hospital officials are planning an expanded Regional Cancer Center with updated radiation therapy equipment and expanded patient rooms. Other updates planned for JCMC include remodeling patient rooms and a nurses’ station in the Women’s Center for improved comfort and better workflow, a new central sterile supply center, and updated heating and cooling equipment for the entire facility.

The project — which Herbert said is one of the largest since Niswonger Children’s Hospital opened — is expected to bring about 1,000 jobs to the area during the construction phase.

As with all new construction within the MSHA system, the surgery center will be the latest facility designed to be LEED-certified as a green building by the United States Green Building Council.

MSHA recently opened a $9.8 million parking garage on the JCMC campus, a step that was intended in part to make room for the new surgery center.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the south parking lot of the JCMC campus.

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