The medical industry continues to expand in Evansville and the surrounding areas. As health systems grow, more services are offered close to home allowing residents to stay in southern Indiana rather than travel two or more hours. An addition to this growing industry is the Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital.
Ascension broke ground in 2017 on the 135,000 square feet of space (including room for expansion) at 10388 Warrick Wellness Trail, Newburgh, IN, which was opened to outpatients July 22 and inpatients Aug. 12. The hospital was created from a partnership between St. Vincent Evansville and Tri-State Orthopaedics. John Greaney, vice president of operations for St. Vincent Evansville and administrator of the Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital, believes the new facility will not only improve patient health, but economic health as well.
“Orthopedics is one of the areas where there is a growing need,” says Greaney. “It’s what makes for a better place to live and work. This hospital hopefully will attract new professionals to the area, because we want to see this community continue to grow.”
The hospital was designed with comfort in mind — on the first floor, a chapel acts as a space for reflection and supports St. Vincent’s mission of being a ministry first. The building also features massive glass windows, and patients can even enjoy natural light when waiting for surgery in the pre-operation bays and their private rooms. The physical therapy room encourages community, which boosts morale among recovering patients and adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
“The hospital is completely sterile without looking sterile,” says Greaney.
In addition to the various aspects of its appearance, the orthopedic center is highly efficient. The layout of offices, operating rooms, supply spaces, and patient rooms streamlines medical processes and optimizes the time doctors spend with patients. Simple, functional technologies improve workflow; for example, doors separating the sterilized surgical rooms from non-sterile areas are equipped with motion sensors. These sensors detect hand movement and help doctors easily pass through while minimizing the spread of germs.
Emerging technologies continue to elevate health care, but it’s the medical professionals who make the biggest impact, says Greaney.
“It’s a constant evolution,” says Greaney. “In health care, the only thing we ever compete against is perfection. We are fortunate to have exceptional people and an exceptional facility.”