Ensuring Chillicothe’s healthy and strong future

New Hedrick Medical Center Hosts Public Open House
About 2,000 community members tour new hospital in Chillicothe

Chillicothe residents had a sneak peek of the beautiful new Hedrick Medical Center during an open house Jan. 23.

The event, which began with a ribbon cutting, gave the community a chance to tour all areas of the facility before it welcomes patients Feb. 13. The new Hedrick replaces an outdated facility that was no longer able to keep up with the way care is delivered today.

The new 100,000 square foot, $41 million hospital includes a secure, private Emergency Department, 21 private inpatient rooms, a spacious Maternity Unit, and adjacent physician offices and Women’s Center.

The new hospital was designed with patient comfort, convenience, and privacy at the forefront. It was also designed to improve efficiency and care quality. It incorporates state-of-the-art technology—including both inpatient and outpatient telemedicine to connect patients with specialists at Saint Luke’s. It also will offer 3-D mammography, which is currently only available at a handful of hospitals in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

Hedrick Medical Center CEO update on new hospital construction status

Dec. 19, 2013

The holidays are here, which means time with friends and family certainly; and for those of us at Hedrick Medical Center, it means that very soon we will be moving into the new Hedrick Medical Center. Things are really coming together quickly, and a lot has happened since my last update.

The final touches are being placed on both the hospital and the Medical Plaza. Concrete work is complete, exterior work is very near completion, and interior work is getting closer to being finished each day. Flooring is 95 percent complete, with the final touches happening currently. Doors are hung and hardware is being installed. The facility has become fully enclosed. You’ll notice that signage is going up, though we’ve covered up some signage so folks know the new facility is not yet open.

As we look toward the next few weeks, parking lot spaces—including the handicap spaces—will be striped and marked; all mechanical equipment is being final tested and balanced; medical equipment orders have been placed; and we are starting to see some of the major equipment being installed, including operating room suite lights, sterilizers, and radiology equipment, just to name a few. Final inspections are being scheduled with the State of Missouri and the city fire chief. The City of Chillicothe is conducting its final inspections on elevators, fire alarms, kitchen hood systems, and boilers. Final touches will be going on through the end of December, while furniture and more equipment will be placed in January. While the majority of the project is right on schedule, weather has unfortunately hampered us some in regards to the landscaping. Since spring is the best time to plant, some of it has been delayed until spring.

We are preparing the new hospital and Medical Plaza for opening on Feb. 13, 2014.  Transition and occupancy planning is underway and coordination efforts with EMS are taking place in preparation for patient move day. We will also be providing the community with a preview of the new facility on Thursday, Jan. 23 at our Open House. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will start at 2 p.m., and self-guided tours of the facility will be available after the ceremony until 7 p.m. We’d love to see you there as we open a new chapter in health care in Chillicothe.

We’ve got a lot going on in preparation for the move and before we know it, all the hard work and dedication of our staff over the past couple years will come to fruition as we close down our current facility, and open up the new one. The City of Chillicothe continues to be a phenomenal partner in this journey, and I know Mayor Haney, City Administrator Holland, and the City Council are all just as excited as I am.

As I’ve mentioned before, this facility is for you, and we feel that you will be very pleased. We will have a state-of-the-art facility, with state-of-the-art technology, including the area’s only 3D mammography. And of course, I truly believe our employees are already state-of-the-art, and that certainly won’t change.

As always, feel free to visit the project website, www.healthychillicothemo.org, for more information on the project. You can view updated photos of the facility, watch a video animation of the facility rendering, and stay up-to-date on project news. We look forward to seeing you at the ribbon cutting. Until then, happy holidays from your family at Hedrick Medical Center.

 

Sincerely,

Matt Wenzel, CEO, Hedrick Medical Center, and our partner, the City of Chillicothe

 

 

Hedrick Medical Center CEO update on new hospital construction status

Oct. 10, 2013

2013/10/07 Fall is here, and as the colors of the leaves change, I’d like to fill you in on all of the changes we’ve seen, and will soon see, with the construction of our new health care facility.

A lot has happened since my last update in May. At that time, the underground plumbing and electrical work had just been completed, as well as fireproofing and exterior framing. The roof on the hospital had just been finished, and the roof work on the medical office building was just beginning. The facility was a yellow color, which was the external protective moisture barrier.

If you drive by now, you’ll notice the windows and glass are all installed. The maintenance shop/storage building is also fully completed. Over the next couple of weeks, the exterior of the building will receive its final touches of stone, trim, exterior skin, doors, roofing trim, and caulking. The loading dock area will also be completed within the next few weeks. All concrete paving is complete and the workers are preparing to start on the sidewalks. Propane and oxygen tanks will be delivered and installed soon. The parking lot lights have recently been installed, and October will also bring the start of irrigation and landscaping to the exterior. Exterior signage will go up in November.

Internally, drywall installation and finishing is 95 percent complete, with hard ceiling installation completing in the next week. The first coat of paint on the walls is near completion, with the final coats being applied in October and November. Door frames are in place, cabinetry work has begun in many areas, and permanent light fixtures are going up. Hard tile work has started in the restrooms and communication systems are being installed (telephone, nurse call, television, security, intercom and paging). Flooring is underway in several areas of the building and wall protection and other finishes have also begun. Electrical outlets are being wired and heating and cooling units installed. Owner, architect, and engineers have completed 80 percent of the overhead inspections and 100 percent of the in-wall inspections.

As a special “thank you” to the construction workers, Hedrick, along with the City of Chillicothe held a special luncheon for the workers at the jobsite on September 5. It was great to see some of our own managers get up and personally thank the workers for their dedication to the project and explain what this new facility means to them. We will continue taking the hospital managers out to the new facility to tour the site so they can familiarize themselves with how their respective departments will be set up and where they will be located.  Coordination meetings with the City, the contractors, the engineers, and the architects take place on a monthly basis to ensure everyone stays on the same page and on schedule.

The responses I’m hearing in the community, as people begin to realize just how special it will be to have this state-of-the-art facility in Chillicothe, is truly amazing to me. This facility is for the community and we want you to be proud of it. We’re confident you will be, and we’ll continue to work hard to ensure you are always proud of Hedrick Medical Center.

Speaking with City Administrator Ike Holland, he remarked that the Mayor and City Council are very pleased with the construction of the facility, the professionalism of JE Dunn Construction, and the outside beauty of the building. Further, the partnership between Hedrick Medical Center and the City on this project could not be at a higher level and we all look forward to a great future for this health care campus.

As always, feel free to visit the project website, www.healthychillicothemo.org, for more detailed information. You can view updated photos of the facility, watch a video animation of the facility rendering, and stay up-to-date on project news.

Sincerely,

Matt Wenzel CEO, Hedrick Medical Center, and our partner, the City of Chillicothe

 

Hedrick Medical Center CEO update on new hospital construction status

June 4, 2013

Construction Update June 4, 2013

May 23, 2013

As the snow has finally moved on and summer is right around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you an update on the  construction of the new Hedrick Medical Center.

In my last update, I spoke about the structural steel framing, concrete slab-on-grade, and slab-on-deck all being completed.  Underground plumbing and electrical work have been completed, as well as fireproofing and exterior framing. The roof on the hospital is finished, and the roof on the medical office building will be completed within the next month. The windows and glass are also being installed as we try to get the building enclosed.  If you’ve driven by recently, you’ve probably noticed the exterior color changing from purple to yellow.  This yellow coloring is part of the external wall construction, and will act as a protective moisture barrier. Soon the appearance of the exterior will change again as the mortar goes up, and you will begin to see what the finished product will look like.

Internally, the walls are being framed, overhead duct work and low-voltage systems are being installed, and in-wall electrical and plumbing work is underway. Drywall has even started going up in certain areas.

The exterior of the building will begin to resemble the final product over the next few months. Stonework is scheduled to begin in June, and in July you will start to see sidewalks and parking lots paved.   We will continue taking the hospital managers out to the new facility to tour the site so they can familiarize themselves with how their respective departments will be set-up and where they will be located.  Coordination meetings with the City, the contractors, the engineers, and the architects take place on a monthly basis to ensure everyone stays on the same page and on schedule.

Every time I drive by the new facility, I get excited about what the future holds for Hedrick, the community of Chillicothe, and the surrounding region. I hear the excitement out in the community as well as around our current facility. Although there are a lot of questions surrounding health care on a national level, one thing is certain, the people of Chillicothe and the surrounding region will receive high quality health care in a state-of-the-art facility for years to come.

As always, feel free to visit the project website, www.healthychillicothemo.org, for more detailed information.  You can view updated photos of the facility, watch a video animation of the facility rendering, and stay up-to-date on project news.

Sincerely,

Matt Wenzel, CEO, Hedrick Medical Center, and our partner, the City of Chillicothe

A new Hedrick Medical Center for Chillicothe

On Thursday, March 7, the final piece of steel was placed on the framework for the new Hedrick Medical Center

To honor the hard work of the construction workers, Hedrick, along with the City of Chillicothe, held a small ceremony to celebrate this achievement.

The ceremony began with the National Anthem and followed with an invocation from Rev. John Cook. Hedrick CEO Matt Wenzel then took the podium to thank each of the contractors who have worked on the facility to this point. Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney spoke for a few minutes on how thankful the City was for all the hard work and dedication the workers have displayed. Wenzel once again took the podium to congratulate the crew on their outstanding safety record. Greg Euston, V.P. of J.E. Dunn, concluded the speaking portion of the ceremony with an explanation of the rituals behind a top-out ceremony.

The final beam, which was earlier signed by employees of Hedrick and City officials, was then lifted by a crane and placed on the facility.

This officially symbolized the completion of the steelwork.  Wenzel closed the ceremony and invited the construction workers to a meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, and assorted cobblers with ice cream.

The Hospital Leadership Group served the workers as they went through the food line. The workers were also given a Hedrick Medical Center commemorative hat to remember the event.

Artist’s renderings of the new Hedrick Medical Center

Hedrick Medical Center and the City of Chillicothe hold groundbreaking ceremony for replacement hospital

Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off start of construction

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe, MOCHILLICOTHE, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2012) — Saint Luke’s Health System and the City of Chillicothe hosted a groundbreaking event on Aug. 1 to mark the start of construction on the new Hedrick Medical Center at Highway 65 and Mohawk Road in Chillicothe. The new hospital will offer the latest in medical technology, provide a better patient experience, and be better equipped to meet the community’s health care needs far into the future.

The program included a welcome from Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel; an invocation by the Rev. John Cook, Wheeling Baptist Church; comments from Melinda Estes, M.D., CEO, Saint Luke’s Health System; Ike Holland, City Administrator, Chillicothe; and Mayor Chuck Haney, followed by a ceremonial first dig into the ground. A reception at the Green Hills Golf Course Clubhouse followed.

Hedrick Medical Center is owned by the city of Chillicothe and has been leased to Saint Luke’s Health system since 2003. The facility is expected to open in early 2014. Total cost is $41 million, including land, equipment, and construction of the new hospital facility and adjacent medical office building. The new facility is designed by Hoefer Wysocki Architects, LLC. The construction company is J.E. Dunn.

“The building of the new Hedrick Medical Center ensures our partnership and superior health care services will be provided to our community for years to come,” said Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel at the ceremony. “Without the support of the community, the new hospital would not be possible, and continued community support will be vital for the project to succeed.”

Saint Luke’s Health System, Hedrick Medical Center and the City of Chillicothe are working together to ensure the people of Chillicothe and the surrounding areas have access to the highest quality care for years to come. A new facility is proposed that will allow Saint Luke’s Health System to better leverage its clinical and technological resources to bring the community the most progressive diagnosis and treatment options. The development proposal provides Chillicothe with a new, state-of-the-art hospital using no tax dollars.

The proposed site of the new Hedrick Medical Center is at the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Mohawk Road, adjacent to the west side of the Green Hills municipal golf course.

Please visit this web site for updates as the plans progress.

Listen to Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel discuss plans for a new hospital.