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Via Christi Puts New Surgery Center On Temporary Hold


Via Christi Hospital temporarily halts construction on its biggest addition since 1971. The Hospital broke ground on the18 million dollar Surgery Center last November, but those driving by lately might have noticed a shortage of progress on the project in the last week. Via Christi says construction on the project is temporarily halted.

"I refer to it like a surgery time out, anytime before you do a surgical procedure, there's a time out when a team evaluates where they are, what they've done and where they're going," said Via Christi's PR Director, Michael Hayslip.

Hayslip says construction stopped for routine Quality Control Checks. Crossland says those checks came back normal. Yet work has yet to resume. Now Via Christi says it is still reviewing plans and possibly planning for some changes to the 40 thousand foot facility.

"If there are processes and changes that are going to make this more effective...we're going to adapt to those changes," Hayslip said.

And though the construction portion of the new surgery center has temporarily been halted, Crossland construction says there are other portions of the project that are still underway.

"We do have a lot of mechanical electrical, plumping work going on, that will feed the new Surgery Center building," said Crossland's Jobsite Superintendent Bart Arnett.

Via Christi joined ascension heath back in April, though it is unclear if that change impacted the  decision to stall construction.  Nine months after ground breaking Via Christi says there is still a final review of plans before work can start again, leaving Crossland to work on other portions of the project before they can build once more.

"Until the review is completed and we're looking forward to go back to work," said Arnett.

Via Christi says the hospital was slated to finish by the end of February. They'll have a better idea of the new finish date after they review results of the checks on September 10th.


Via Christi Surgery Center Project Fact Sheet:

*Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg is building the new Surgery Center from an $18 million bond funding project.

*It is the largest project of its kind since the hospital was completed in 1971.

*The expansion will be on the southeast side of the hospital.

*The center, estimated to be close to 40,000 square feet, will be adjacent to the hospital and connect to the main building as well.

*Groundbreaking took place in November.

*The new center will feature operating, endoscopy, pre- and post-operating and recovery rooms. (5 operating rooms, 2 endoscopy rooms, 1 minor procedure room)

*All rooms will be completely private rooms.

*Via Christi Hospital has the intent of attracting an addition 20 surgeons, physicians and other specialists to the hospital over the next three years.

*There also will be a new family waiting area, which will put families closer to physicians, patients and nurses during surgeries. The Surgery center is connected to the Community Entrance, meaning family and visitors at the Surgery Center do not have to leave the building to access the Cafeteria, Pastoral Care, the patient tower, or Outpatient Entrance.

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