The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 2, 2012

Hospital receives bids, nears groundbreaking for $18 million surgical center

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Via Christi Hospital has received bids from five of the seven general contractors invited to submit one for the planned $18 million surgical center — the largest expansion project the hospital has taken on since it opened in 1971.

Officials said the bids are being reviewed and will be announced Thursday. In the running are Nabholz Construction of Northwest Arkansas, JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City, Murray Construction of St. Louis, DeWitt Construction of Springfield, Mo., and Crossland Construction of Columbus, Kan.

At 40,000-square feet and $18 million, it will be built on the southeast corner of the hospital, connected via a corridor to be built where the existing cafeteria deck is. It also will have an outside entrance.

It will be comprised of pre-op and post-op rooms, recovery rooms, five operating suites, two endoscopy procedure rooms, one room for minor procedures, and a new family waiting area. It will include supporting nurses’ stations and upgraded technology throughout.

Hospital Public Relations Director Michael Hayslip said groundbreaking is expected to take place in mid-November. The timeline for completion is 18 to 24 months.

President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Cason said the majority of the project will be funded by a bond taken out by Via Christi Health System in Sedgwick County and approved last fall by the Crawford County Commission for use here.

Hayslip said calendar year 2013 also will bring new projects, including an additional catheterization lab and an eight-phase tower renovation project that will include an overhaul of the infrastructure on second and fourth floors.

“We’ll be doing new plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems,” Hayslip said. “When it’s finished, every floor will have been remodeled from the original 1971 structure.”