NEWBURGH, Ind. – Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital, the newest addition to the Warrick Wellness Trail, is a specialty facility for those in need of bone, joint or spine care.
The $ 95 million hospital covers 135,000 square feet and is a partnership between St. Vincent Evansville and Tri-State Orthopedic Surgeons. It will employ around 200 people, and its first patients will be seen on July 8.
Orthopedic care is seen by healthcare professionals as a growing need. St. Vincent Evansville CEO Dan Parod cited industry data showing the need for such services will increase by 24% over the next several years as baby boomers reach retirement age. .
âOur aging population will also increase by 15 percent, so there is a need for us to expand access to orthopedic care here in our community,â Parod said.
The new hospital will provide surgical and non-surgical care, as well as pre-operative education, physical therapy, catering services and a chapel.
It has 24 hospital rooms, 10 operating theaters and two intervention rooms.
âA lot of orthopedic things are treated in a procedure room and not always in an operating room,â Parod said.
The fourth floor of the hospital is there for future growth.
There is no emergency room or intensive care. These services remain at St. Vincent’s Washington Avenue Hospital in Evansville.
Dr Paul Perry of Tri-State Orthopedics said a team from his practice and St. Vincent (then known as St. Mary’s) visited a similar specialty hospital in January 2015 in Springfield, Missouri.
They then planned the new installation here and innovated two years ago.
Perry described the new hospital as “a vertically integrated masterpiece of technology, process engineering and human capital. The building creates an environment that places the highest possible value on experience, safety and to the patient’s results. ”
Cheryl Harmon, chief operating officer of Ascension St. Vincent Indiana, said the new facility is the first in the state to carry the Ascension as part of its title.
St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a Catholic health care network, and Harmon has stated that St. Vincent incorporates the Ascension name into its brand.
âAscension is the largest Catholic healthcare provider in the world. We have an incredible depth of resources behind us, and this knowledge is available to St. Vincent Indiana and this community,â said Harmon.
Saint-Vincent officials said area residents are invited to visit the new hospital on an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29.