ALTON – With spacious waiting and service areas, bright artwork enhanced by the sun streaming through the windows, and theater-style lighting, a new patient suite hopes to maximize both care and comfort.
The newly renovated Saint Anthony’s Physician Group center in Suite 205 at the OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, located at 2 St. Anthony’s Way, was host to a ribbon cutting and open house celebration Oct. 23, and guests and staff alike are excited about the changes.
“These are truly exciting times for the health care industry,” Chief Operating Officer of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center Sister M. Anselma said. “Our Sisters, physicians and mission partners are determined and focused on providing the best possible care to our neighbors and friends.”
The ceremony began with a blessing from Father Stephen Sotiroff, chaplain of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, and included a ribbon cutting with the RiverBend Growth Association. Refreshments were served and an open house was provided for guests to tour the new facilities.
President of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center Ajay Pathak spoke on the journey the center has taken to this point, focusing on this newest, $2.7 million project.
“It has been about a year since OSF Healthcare and Saint Anthony’s Health Center came together in this amazing and transformational journey to impact health care here in the Riverbend community,” Pathak said. “We have been spending the better part of this first year really working through some key foundational pieces to enhance and put the infrastructure in place to deliver a broad array of services and care for our community.”
The newly constructed suite includes 24 modernized patient exam rooms with computer work stations, laboratory, private intake areas and kiosks for those who wish to utilize a self check-in option. A brand-new, state-of-the-art electronic health care system also will be implemented in the new environment.
“In addition to expanding the patient rooms, laboratory and waiting rooms area, the innovative design will allow our care teams of physicians, advanced practitioners and nurses to significantly enhance primary care delivery to the River Bend,” Pathak said. “This transformation gives us the opportunity to provide patient-focused, high-quality, team-based care, and the use of electronic health records will allow for a seamless flow of information between different health care providers.”
Construction was completed with a focus on the patient in every aspect, he says. It is also geared toward team-based performance, with a layout that emphasizes and encourages free-flowing traffic and easy access between the patient and care team.
Area partners that worked on the project include Helmkamp Construction, Kane Mechanical, Wegman Electric, Phone Masters, Picture This and More, Slayden Glass, Acoustical Ceiling Specialist, BSA Life Structures, Flooring Systems, Golterman and Sabo Acoustics, Hayden Wrecking, KJWW Engineering Consultants, PM Leach Painting and Southern Illinois Interiors.
When talking of the new environment, Pathak presented a scenario of what he called “on-stage, off-stage.”
“The waiting area and how we advance patients through the rooms are geared at a focus on the patients, and then on the ‘off-stage’ sites, our mission partners and physicians are able to coordinate effectively and deliver that care to our patients,” he said. “Another element I feel is very important is the look and the feel of the environment. The Sisters and an entire team of mission partners and community partners came together in a meaningful way to determine how natural light flows into the space, and how art impacts the healing delivered to our patients.”
Among the contributors, artist Jeff Vaughn of Alton provided six pieces of his photography, including scenic shots on acrylic to maximize the effect of both artificial and natural lighting.
Physicians will begin seeing patients at their new (old) home on Nov. 9. Physicians and providers who will see patients in the new environment include doctors Edward Blair Jr., MD; Kevin Boyd, DO; Colin Butterfield, MD; Michael Klein, MD; Priya Kumaraguru, MD; Courtney McFarlin, PA-C; Manju Ramchandani, MD; and Madhu Vallala, MD.
Dr. Edward Blair is medical director for the group. Lauren Bowman serves as practice manager.
Pathak also used the event as an opportunity to introduce David Wells, the new vice president of the physician group.
Wells, originally from Alabama and currently residing in Florissant, Mo., says he is excited to participate in the new chapter for the health center.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker said the upgrades to the health center are another example of the city’s growth and success.
“It’s wonderful to see you guys continue to expand,” he said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
OSF HealthCare, an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Peoria, is a multi-state corporation, operating facilities in Illinois and Michigan with more than 600 physicians. The partnership between the former Saint Anthony’s Health Center and the OSF HealthCare System became official in November of 2014.
With 203 beds, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton is the third-largest OSF acute care hospital.
For more information, call (618) 465-2264.