Saint Francis Health Center Announces $9.6 Millon Renovation

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Saint Francis Health Center was happy to announce its newest project that will improve health care for Topekans.

Officials held a ceremony to reveal a $9.6 million plan to renovate and upgrade the facility's Emergency Department.

It will increase square footage by 25 percent, double trauma rooms, and will add more specialty care rooms for seniors and cardiac needs.

The renovation is supposed to improve staff work flow and make operations run more efficient.

Plans to build a new accute care facility on Menniger Hill have died down in recent years because of the economy.

"Health care, as we talk about, continues to change and shift and with that, the economy continues to change and shift too," President and CEO Bob Erickson said, "so we have no immediate plans to build an accute care hospital. We'll look at down the road for what goes on at that property but for right now we're going to continue to invest in our facilities here."

The renovation is set to be completed by June 2014.


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