St. John's Medical Center Hires Contractors for Facilities Expansion and Renovation

St. John's Medical Center awarded $1.2 million in construction contracts for St. John’s Expansion and Renovation project, including approximately $871,000 to 4 Corners Concrete of Jackson, WY. "We're pleased that our project to expand essential hospital services will provide employment opportunities for local workers in the building and construction trades," stated Pam Maples, St. John's Administrator. "Keeping on budget and hiring from the area workforce will continue to be important priorities as we expand facilities to meet the medical needs of the community and reduce the need to travel for medical care."

Other contracts awarded include $243,143 to Geostabilization for temporary shoring, $17,608 to Western Slopes Steel for miscellaneous imbeds and $79,446 to Western States Waterproofing.

Construction on the hospital project will begin the week of August 8. Initial construction, which will focus on the northeast side of the hospital campus, is expected to have negligible impact on patient parking or access to services. Patient and project information will be available throughout the project at www.tetonhospital.org/expansion.

St. John's expansion and renovation will address dramatic need for additional space in surgery, oncology and obstetrics. In surgical services, the increase in patient volumes has created need for more operating rooms and minor procedures rooms, much more capacity in post-operative surgical recovery, pre-operative staging and sterile processing. State-of-the-art integrated technology planned for the new operating rooms will ensure that St. John’s can continue to deliver the finest surgical services to St. John's patients. In oncology, the success of St. John's cancer program -- which is associated with the prestigious Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah -- has created growth in patient volumes that now necessitates substantial expansion of the unit's capacity. In obstetrics, a new modern unit will provide for larger patient rooms and, for the first time, a newborn resuscitation room.

In August 2010, Teton County voters allocated $11.7 million in Specific Purpose Excise Tax funds to help pay for the $25.9 million hospital expansion and renovation project. “We are committed to being good stewards of the resources the community continues to provide for this important health care expansion,” said Maples.