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 embeds 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
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.