In December 2013, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital announced the construction plans for a 119,000 square foot, three-story addition to the hospital.

In December 2013, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital announced the construction plans for a 119,000 square foot, three-story addition to the hospital.

“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 St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital President Chuck Skillings at the construction announcement.

Since that announcement, PR, Communications and Marketing Consultant Carla Tollett said demolition and tear down of the west end of the hospital is well underway. Additionally, the St. Anthony Shawnee corridor that connected the hospital and clinic has been removed to widen the area for construction for the footprint of the tower.

With the west wing section removed, Turner Construction has been working to remove the demolition materials and is coordinating with utility companies to put in new water and electric lines for the new tower, Tollett said.

The new tower not only enhances the appearance of our hospital, it will bring expanded health care services to our community,” Skillings said.

The new three-story tower will house the Women’s Center, intensive care unit, and inpatient surgery department. The expansion project will include several major components including:


• State-of-the-art inpatient surgery, which will include four operating rooms, a gastrointestinal room, cystoscopy room, and a new catheterization laboratory for cardiac care. There will also be shell space for future growth.

• The Intensive Care Unit will feature 16 rooms designed with full bathrooms complete with showers. Additionally each room will have designated areas for family and nursing care. To ensure exceptional patient care, the intensive care unit will also include nursing pods between two rooms. The pod-designed nursing unit brings nursing staff closer to patient.

• St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital’s new Women’s Center will include six labor and delivery rooms and 18 private postpartum suites. The new postpartum suites will provide mothers with plenty of room and privacy following their delivery. Like the intensive care unit, the Women’s Center will have nursing pods – also called hoteling stations, which allows nurses to be closer to their patients. The Women’s Center will also have a new nursery for special care babies and patients, but mother and baby care will continue in the Women’s Center.

The expansion project will also provide a new west entrance, from Kethley Road, for patients to enter the Women’s Center, intensive care unit 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 then get a new façade to update the facility’s look, as well as a new main entrance with zero level entry for ease of patient and visitors. Landscaping and a meditation garden are also included in the project.

The west end of the hospital, originally Shawnee Medical Center, was built in 1967 and rebuilt for the clinic in 1978. Since then, the west end has housed many different hospital departments.

“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,” Skillings said.

The construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end 2015.