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Little Company of Mary welcomes visitors to West Pavilion Open House

Assistant unit supervisor AngelWilliams describes features surgical room used for Ceasarian births new West PaviliLittle Company Mary Hospital Evergreen Park.

Assistant unit supervisor Angela Williams describes features of a surgical room used for Ceasarian births in the new West Pavilion at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 16, 2012 6:24AM



Little Company of Mary Hospital welcomed more than 1,500 visitors Sunday to the open house of its new West Pavilion.

The pavilion, at 2800 W. 95th Street in Evergreen Park, will open its doors to patients Oct. 24 and will replace the hospital’s patient tower.

The opening of the new pavilion is part of a Campus Transformation Project. The pavilion is also the hospital’s largest construction project ever.

“It’s like every day is Christmas morning for us when we see this building, and we know that the sisters are committed for the next 60 plus years, so that’s key. That’s generations to come,” said Joan Murphy, director of Community Health.

Thirty-minute tours of select floors gave guests the opportunity to get a glimpse of the 300,000-square-feet facility that features 123 private rooms. Throughout the tour, visitors were able to ask physicians, nurses and staff questions.

Visitors were able to view the private rooms with private spa-like bathrooms on the sixth floor in the medical/surgical unit. The rooms consisted of three different zones for the caregiver, patient and family. The caregiver zone features an alcove, which includes a place for supplies and linens. Each room has a touch-free caregiver sink that both medical staff and visitors can use to reduce risk of infection. The family zone has a couch with a table that converts into a daybed.

Susan Arnold, registered nurse and director of patient care services, said the staff has been involved in the planning since the inception and helped decide what to do with the space. One result of the staff input is the headwall in the patient rooms are ergonomically correct.

“It was that it was patient/family centered care and that really the design of the floor and rooms was always to keep the caregiver as close to the patient as they possibly could. That’s why we have the nursing alcoves with the supplies there,” Arnold said.

Visitors were also able to see the Family Birth Center, which included a special care unit with eight private rooms. The center features five birthing room suites. The labor and delivery suites feature state-of-the-art lighting, a multi-functioned Panda Warmer and offer the ability to do different types of birthing through the midwife’s services.

The Comprehensive Center for Women’s Life & Health was also part of the tour. The Center for Women’s Life & Health is the first-of-its kind in the area and offers a number of women’s health services as well as a nationally-accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

Nancy Spurgin, 68, who is a retired registered nurse, returned to the hospital she worked 30 years in because she said she was excited to see the new addition to the hospital.

The Palos Hills resident said she was very impressed, particularly by the private rooms.

“The staff and the volunteers were just exceptional,” she said. “They were so kind, and the service they provided was excellent.”

Kerry Baader, 33, of Tinley Park, went on the tour with her mother, Mary O’Rourke, 75, also from Tinley Park, to see the new pavilion.

Their family has been going to Little Company of Mary for years. O’Rourke, who first became a patient there in 1958, said she thought the new pavilion was beautiful.

“Little Company was great care before, but I think it’s taking it to the next level of what we have to offer in the community,” Baader said.

Baader is pregnant and is due Monday. She plans on having her first child at Little Company of Mary, the hospital where she was born.

Baader said a tour highlight for her being pregnant was the women’s health aspects.

“It’s just nice that you can stay close to home and get really great care,” Baader said. “I think there’s a stereotype ... that you had to go downtown to university hospitals, and I feel like you can get that in your own back yard here.”



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