To maintain the highest level of excellence, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is preparing for the future. The South Tower, an 8-story, contemporary-styled patient facility, will feature 208 private, technologically enhanced patient rooms, providing plenty of support space for family and friends who are vital to the healing process.
Construction is well underway, with completion of the South Tower slated for fall 2013. We appreciate your patience as St. Joseph Mercy Oakland embarks on this exciting project. Our patients deserve remarkable care. It's our promise to you.
Meeting the healthcare needs of our community
Our patients, their families and the community-at-large have come to know St. Joe's as a world-class hospital, with the finest physicians, state-of-the-art technology and award-winning compassionate care. But to maintain this high level of excellence, we have to be prepared for the future. To do this and stay competitive in the marketplace, we asked ourselves how we're going to meet the community's health care needs in the years to come.
The answer: invest in our future.
When you walk through St. Joe's, you see many areas where we have already made significant investments in clinical facilities, patient safety and state-of-the-art technology. These include our Emergency Department, Senior ER, Surgery Center, complete with a new technologically advanced Surgical Pavilion, and the Gustafson tower. But we need to do more.
Private patient rooms have now become an industry standard, and to stay competitive, we will have to follow suit. Our new South Tower will have private medical/surgical rooms, which will be configured not only to ensure patient comfort, but also to provide the latest innovations for clinical staff to provide optimal care. Additional safety elements are being designed to provide a safer environment.
Growth is another consideration in building the new tower. With the new tower, we will have increased flexibility to accommodate increasing numbers of patients who seek care here.
Lastly, it is our desire to have a unified, integrated hospital campus. New physical pathways between buildings will create safe, secure connections for visitors, associates, clinical staff and patients.
We also wanted to have a cohesive look and feel of the campus. Aesthetic elements and a softer look will give St. Joe's a 21st century image, unify its style and convey that this is the place to come for healing of body, mind and spirit. These dramatic new details will position St. Joe's as a modern, technologically advanced health care provider, where patients can be assured of getting the excellent care they deserve far into the future.
The new South Tower is being constructed on the site of the former parking deck at the south end of the hospital.
Dimensions: eight stories and 301,000 square feet of floor area.
A total of 136 beds initially, with room to add 72 beds.
Cost: $129 million.
A 355-space visitor patient lot has been constructed on the site of the former Fox Center.
The hospital's main entry will be redesigned with skylights and other amenities. For visitors, an enclosed connector will lead to the new South Tower.
A new Emergency entry drive and new ambulance parking area have been constructed.
21st Century Oncology (formerly MIRO) has a redesigned parking area with spaces for 32 cars.
The Alice Gustafson Center parking area was redesigned to accommodate 132 vehicles.
A safe, secure, climate-controlled pedestrian bridge will connect associate parking on the east side of Woodward Avenue with the main hospital.