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  • Via Christi takes bids on surgical center

  • Via Christi Hospital has accepted bids from general contractors for the new Via Christi Surgery Center. The bids will be finalized on Friday, Oct. 26.

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  • Via Christi Hospital has accepted bids from general contractors for the new Via Christi Surgery Center. The bids will be finalized on Friday, Oct. 26.
    The hospital invited six general contractors to bid on the project. They include Crossland Construction, of Columbus; JE Dunn Construction Company, of Kansas City, Mo., which built the hospital’s community entrance, west outpatient entrance and cafeteria; Nabholz Construction, of Olathe; Turner Construction Company, of Kansas City, Mo.; DeWitt & Associates, of Springfield, Mo., which built the new third floor women’s center; and the Murray Company, of St. Louis, Mo.
    The $18 million Surgery Center is the largest project of its kind since the hospital was built in 1971. The expansion of the southeast side of the hospital is estimated to be close to 40,000 square feet, and will be adjacent to the hospital and connected to the main building. The new Surgery Center will feature operating, endoscopy, pre- and post-operating, and all private recovery rooms. It is hoped that the Surgery Center will attract an additional 20 surgeons, physicians and other specialists to the hospital over the next three years. The start date is estimated to be sometime in June or July of 2013.
    “We can’t figure out the ground-breaking date until we have a contractor, but we’re confident we will break ground before the end of 2012,” Public Relations Director Michael Hayslip said.
    The new surgical rooms will be larger than the current rooms, primarily to accommodate new technology. Officials are also excited about the new family waiting area, which will replace the current room near the outpatient entrance on west side of the hospital. The expansion will replace the four surgical rooms in the hospital’s first floor facility and will be more than twice the size of a hospital floor, Hayslip said. Hospital administrators have not yet decided how the current space will be reconfigured.
    The center also will have it’s own parking lot and external entrance. The expansion is one of multiple modernizing projects Via Christi has recently undertaken.
    Starting eight years ago the hospital built a new outpatient area on the west end, which includes the emergency room, Via Christi Heart Center and QuickCare. It added a new fifth-floor intensive care unit in 2006 and a cardiac step-down unit — literally, a step-down from intensive care — in 2009. Last year it completed an $800,000 renovation of the main lobby, added at $2.7 million linear accelerator to the cancer center and $1.5 million in new technology to the heart center. There also are plans to renovate the first floor chapel.
    The main design work is being done by HNN Architects, of Overland Park. The company also worked with Via Christi on its community entrance, cafeteria and women’s center. The lead architect on the project is Dave Brown.
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