St. Mary's announces new orthopedic hospital to be built

An artists rendering of the new facility's design was unveiled Wednesday. The facility is planned to be four stories and will be built at the corner of Epworth Road and the Warrick Wellness Trail across the street from St. Mary's Epworth Crossing.

St. Mary’s announced Wednesday that a new orthopedic hospital will be built in Warrick County.

The hospital has partnered with Tri-State Orthopaedics to build the new $95 million facilty on Epworth Road across the street from St. Mary’s Epworth Crossing. The new center is set to break ground later this year and open in fall 2018.

President Keith Jewell said the new facility will set a new standard for orthopedic care. He said the facility is devoted to people and the dedicated staff who will work at the hospital.

“Our mission is to improve the health of our community,” he said. “We know the need for orthopedic services is going to increase dramatically over the next seven years. With this $95 million investment, we are creating an environment to meet that growing demand and consistently deliver exceptional outcomes and experiences.”

The new hospital will be designed with four floors covering 135,000 square feet. The facility will house 48 patient rooms, 10 operating suites with room for expansion, two procedures rooms, a lab, a pharmacy, respiratory therapy and imaging services, physical therapy, an outpatient preoperative clinic, durable medical equipment and room for the community.

“More importantly, the people who will serve in this facility will come to work everyday focused exclusively on delivering the highest quality orthopedic and spine services anywhere,” Jewell said.

Dr. Paul Perry of Tri-State Orthopaedics said the facility will be unique in its level of patient care and the way it will help people through the process of having a surgery. He said the hospital will not only perform orthopedic surgeries but will also help the patients prepare for surgery and through their rehabilitation after surgery.

“This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened in our orthopedic group but also in the community as it relates to orthopedic surgery,” he said. “It’s a complete came changer.”

Perry said the plan for the hospital is not only to bring orthopedic care to the region, but to bring a level of care that beats any hospital in the nation.

“You’re going to get orthopedic care here in the tri-state in a way that you couldn’t even drive to get if you wanted to,” he said.

In all, Jewell said the need for orthopedic care is expected to grow by 24 percent in the next eight years. He said the goal for the new facility is for St. Mary’s Health to continue to grow and provide for the tri-state’s future health care needs.

“I couldn’t be more excited for today,” he said. “This investment is one of many that has been made, will be made to grow to continue to meet the needs of the tri-state.”

Wyatt Squires is a staff writer for The Standard. Before coming to Warrick, Wyatt has worked as a reporter in Jackson, Greene and Knox counties in Indiana.

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