New tower at St. Joe’s blessed

The Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse was blessed by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and ceremonially opened with a ribbon cutting Sept. 4, marking the completion of the last major phase of the hospital’s $265 million expansion project.

   Measuring 104,000 square feet, the tower is home to 110 private patient rooms and a 4,000 square foot waiting room, all designed to be patient-focused and family-friendly while incorporating the latest health care innovations.

   In the waiting room, soaring windows let in plenty of light and comfortable seating accommodates 135. A wall-mounted monitor shows visitors when their loved one’s surgery begins and ends, identifying patients by a number to ensure privacy.

   Like the waiting room, the private patient rooms are flooded with light from tall windows and offer ample space for visitors. They share a consistent layout aimed at increasing productivity, reducing errors and situating supplies within easy reach at the point of care. Safety is a focus as well, with ceiling-mounted lift systems in each room to help patients move while preventing falls.

   St. Joseph’s President and CEO Kathryn Ruscitto also noted that research shows private rooms help to reduce infections, provide a more healing environment for the patient and enable patients to spend more time with loved ones, all factors in a speedy recovery.

    With the completion of the tower, St. Joseph’s is poised to become a “regional health care system,” Ruscitto said, extending beyond Syracuse and drawing patients from the North country to Binghamton.

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