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Sacred Heart Hospital expansion

Sacred Heart Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of their new patient-care facility Friday and Saturday.

The five-floor expansion has taken two years to build and $52 million.
Hospital President, Henry Stovall, says adding this tower will change the way they care for patients.  "This is an exciting moment because not only will we have new and best of design and best of technology but this will take Sacred Heart to 100 percent private rooms throughout the campus and that's something we have been waiting on a long time."

112 private rooms were added.  Stovall says "It is built to be large, not only to accommodate patient comfort but to staff and emergency where we might need to get in and out and accommodate any emergency we might have. It is also designed to accommodate the family."

In each room the hospital has put larger couches and windows and installed new monitors.

Chief Nursing Officer, Amy Wilson, says even when the nurse is not in the room and the monitor goes off, the alarm goes straight to the nurses phone. "The nurses have the comfort of knowing they basically have the technology in their pocket to know exactly what is going on with their patient at all times."

The hospital is approaching its 100th year in the community and Stovall says this is just the beginning. "I believe that we will be here for another 100 years. This is a significant point in the life cycle of this hospital and our commitment for the people who need us here the most.

Friday, the building will open its doors for the first time at 4pm for the dedication and blessing.

Saturday, the community will have a chance to tour the building during the community health fair.

They will also be giving health screenings.