Anthony Shawnee Hospital announced Monday a new construction project for the west wing of the hospital.

St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital announced Monday a new construction project for the west wing of the hospital.

The new 115,000 square foot, three-story tower will house the new Women’s Center, intensive care unit, and inpatient surgery.

“We’re extremely proud of the opportunity to be able to continue this, to expand our surgical services, completely replace and update our ICU and develop a new comprehensive women’s facility,” said Chuck Skillings, President of St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. “Today is a major milestone for health care in our community.”

Skillings said the west wing was the original Shawnee Medical Center Clinic but years of expanding and molding of Shawnee Medical Center Clinic and SSM Health Care Oklahoma led to the look of today’s St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

“We continue that evolution with this project that was committed to and actually developed by the original Unity board starting in October of 2010 and will now be continued and completed by SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma,” he said.

Phase 1 of the project will include tearing down the west end of the hospital, which has already begun on the interior in preparation for the demolition of the building soon.

“Our goal is to create an environment that will meet the changing needs of patients and their families, as well as our doctors and clinical staff tomorrow and well into the future,” Skillings said.

Several individuals helped with the project reveal Monday including Chief of Staff and General Surgeon Dr. Grant McClune, Chief of Surgery and General Surgeon Dr. Michael Weins, Director for Surgical Department Heather Smith, Chief of OB and Gynecology and Director of the Women’s Center Dr. Paul Jennings, Chief of Medicine and Cardiologist Dr. John Haddad, Director of Acute Care Services and ICU Cathy Broome, President/CEO of Avedis Foundation Michelle Briggs, Steve Whitcraft of Turner Construction, Rob Meese of HGA Architecture, Vice President of Support Services Linda Brown, President of SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma Joe Hodges, and President of St. Anthony Hospital Chuck Skillings.

Hodges said one of the most significant things during the planning process of not only this project but also previous projects with St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital has been bringing the clinic and hospital together.

“This new addition will actually do that even more,” he said. “That’s what we’re so very proud of.”

Hodges thanked physicians, hospital employees and community Monday for the combined efforts of the project.

“I believe some of the best things we do, we do it together,” he said. “I can assure you within the next six months to a year, we’ll have even more announcements of things we’re doing as a community and as an organization by working together that’s just as exciting as this.”

The expansion project will include state-of-the-art inpatient surgery department, which will include four operating rooms, a gastrointestinal room, cystoscopy room, and a new catheterization laboratory for cardiac care with room for future growth, according to a press release from St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

The ICU will feature 16 rooms designed with full bathrooms with showers. Additionally each room will have a designated area for the family and a nursing care area. The ICU will also include nursing pods between two rooms designed to bring nursing staff closer to patients.

The new Women’s Center will include six labor and delivery rooms and 18 private postpartum suites. The new postpartum suites will provide new mothers with plenty of room and privacy following their delivery. Between every two rooms, the unit will also have nursing pods. The Women’s Center will also include a new nursery.

The project will include a new west entrance, from Kethley Boulevard, for patents to enter the Women’s Center, ICU and surgery. The main entrance of the hospital will remain open during the construction until the new tower entrance is completed. The main entrance will get a new façade to update the facility’s look, as well as a new main front entrance area with zero level entry for ease of patient and visitors. New landscaping and a meditation garden will also be added.

The construction project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.