This month's Spotlight is St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center entered 2003--it's 130th anniversary year--with plans to build a replacement hospital that will ensure that its Innovation, Excellence and Compassion will be available to all Berks Countians for generations to come. It also celebrates its selection as a Top 100 hospital, a high honor, given that 5600 other hospitals nationwide were seeking this coveted recognition.
St. Joseph conducts nearly one million lab tests a year, has more than 12,000 in-patient admission, more than 40,000 visits to its emergency room and generates nearly well over $100 million in revenue. It has achieved distinction in its delivery of care to cancer, pulmonary, orthopedic, vascular, wound care and cardiology patients.
The medical center's new health campus will be located in Bern Township, and will open in late 2005. It will house a 220-bed acute care hospital and other related development, including a medical office building. It will be built so that additional beds can be added in times of increased need. The new facility will contain the following:
• Larger Emergency Room
• Latest in Diagnostic and Treatment technology
• Complementary areas clustered to increase staff efficiency and to make it easier for customers and less time consuming to get care
• A modern medical office building, directly connected to the hospital
• Easy way-finding for pedestrian and vehicle traffic
• Everything under one roof
• Ample and convenient parking
• Majority of rooms are single rooms allowing for more quiet and family time
An award winning architectural firm, NBBJ, of Columbus, Ohio will be designing the new hospital. NBBJ has designed projects for the Cleveland Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic.
The new hospital is one component of St. Joseph's Healthy Community Initiative as part of its efforts to proactively respond to trends in health care and to work in partnership with other Reading institutions and county, state and federal entities in addressing the economic, health and social challenges facing Reading, Network President and CEO John R. Morahan said. The second part of the Initiative will be reuse potential of the 12th and Walnut campus. The third part of the plan is the expansion of services in Reading at the medical center's Community Health Campus at 6th and Walnut Streets.
The Healthy Community Initiative is the result of information and insight gleaned from face-to-face interviews with more than 125 community leaders over the past eight months. The interviews were the first part of the Healthy Community Initiative planning process being conducted by Dynamis Advisors, a Cleveland, Ohio firm that has managed outdated hospital site redevelopment in cities across America.
“Reading is faced with rapidly changing economic, social service and health needs. Several groups have recently come forward to provide help with these issues,” Morahan said. “Our healthy community initiative will create collaborative partnerships and will draw on our years of experience in taking care of the city’s health needs to provide help on addressing these serious issues.”
The medical center engaged Dynamis Healthcare Advisors to assist with the redevelopment of the 12th and Walnut Street campus, which the medical center will stop using as an acute care facility when the new health campus opens. Dynamis' specializes in assisting health systems to determine the best re-use of hospital facilities, with a particular emphasis on matching redevelopment plans with existing and future needs of the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.
The key objective for redevelopment of St. Joseph Medical Center's 12th and Walnut campus will be to establish uses that promote the property as a community asset, stimulate community redevelopment efforts and ensures long-term sustainability.
The medical center will maintain--and grow--its center city presence at 6th and Walnut Streets. There, the Community Health and Family Practice centers are the fastest growing satellite facility, at 266,000 square feet, with more than 200,000 patient encounters each year. It is the largest and busiest such facility in the City of Reading and is home to a wide variety of advanced, specialized services and more than 30 medical specialities. The site will continue to provide for the non-acute healthcare needs of the residents of the city, and addresses a particular need of the city's growing--and young--Hispanic population: The need to have a relationship with a family physician, who knows the family history and the patient's history and can provide the outpatient care that younger people typically need. In addition, the medical center will be expanding hours and services at that location.
About St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital with nearly 1500 employees and is one of the ten largest employers in Berks County. It was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States in 2002. Founded in 1873 by the Sisters of St. Francis, the medical center provides a full-range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services to Berks County's 365,000 residents through a two-campus system, and nearly 20 outpatient facilities in three counties.
The medical center is widely recognized for its medical and surgical innovation in cardiology, pulmonary, vascular, oncology, orthopedic and wound care services. It is currently planning and will soon be building a state-of-the-art health campus, which will include a 220-bed acute care hospital. The new campus will open in late 2005 and will complement the services of a thriving 266,000 square foot Community Health Center and Family Practice Clinic in downtown Reading. The medical center is part of a national system of 65 Catholic hospitals called Catholic Health Initiatives headquartered in Denver, Colo. More information on the medical center can be accessed through its website at www.sjmcberks.org .
215 North 12th Street, Reading, PA 19603 (610) 378-2000