UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital will begin a $14 million inpatient modernization project this spring that will result in a greatly improved environment of care for its medical and surgical patients.
St. Luke’s will begin renovation of its third floor in May. The project will completely replace its current medical/surgical inpatient units, which were built in the 1950s and 60s.
When complete, the hospital’s third floor will have large private rooms with plenty of space for family members and visitors, private bathrooms, bariatric rooms, additional negative pressure rooms, and advanced technology to meet the needs for different levels of care. Other improvements will include a new, more efficient call-light system and wider, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant doorways to each patient’s private bathroom.
“This project represents a significant capital investment, especially during a challenging time in healthcare,” said Carmen Kleinsmith, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “We are pleased to see this project move forward and believe these improvements will provide greater flexibility, improved efficiency and enhanced patient care.”
“St. Luke’s Foundation is supporting the modernization project, starting with a $1 million donation from the Stephen Benda estate,” said Mary Klinger, St. Luke’s Foundation president. “Additional funds will be raised through the Foundation’s new capital campaign, Because of You.”
Construction will start in May and the project is expected to be complete in July 2022.