Wright Memorial Readies $30M MO Hospital

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , April 7, 2011

Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, MO said it will open a 25-bed hospital next week.

The $30 million facility includes a 60,000 square foot hospital and adjoining 12,000 square foot medical office building. Hospital services will include digital mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner, two surgical suites and a 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department with trauma bay and private ambulance entrance, Wright Memorial said in a media release.

The hospital, part of the not-for-profit 11-hospital Saint Luke's Health System, also features patient-centered amenities, including two labor and delivery suites with private bathrooms and a secure nursery area. Private inpatient rooms are equipped with wireless internet, flat screen televisions and handicap accessible bathrooms with walk-in showers.

This fall, Wright Memorial will link into an electronic ICU that will allow patients to be cared for both by on-site staff and by an off-site patient monitoring system that observes patients in ICUs across Saint Luke's Health System. The eICU team has immediate access to patients' computerized records, from medications and vital signs to test results and X-rays, along with automated warning and decision–support software.

In addition, a complete electronic medical records system will be in place by 2012, Wright Memorial said.

"Planning for the new facility began more than five years ago. The long-anticipated opening of the hospital and medical office building is the culmination of a vision to enhance healthcare services for citizens of Trenton and the surrounding area," said Don Sipes, vice president for Regional Services at Saint Luke's Health System.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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