What: Shawnee Mission Medical Center will host a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for its $112 million Critical Care Services Expansion. Speakers will include Samuel H. Turner, Sr., hospital President & CEO; Leah Ridgway, MD, Medical Staff President; Carl Wilkes, Mayor of Merriam and Annabeth Surbaugh, Chairman, Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2 p.m.
Where: Shawnee Mission Medical Center
9100 W. 74th Street
Shawnee Mission, Kan.
The Critical Care Services Expansion will add 265,000 square feet to Shawnee Mission Medical Center and will serve as a high-tech, high-touch sanctuary of wellness for the Kansas City community.
The new tower will include:
“The Critical Care Services Expansion was constructed to meet community demand and provide additional services to our patients,” said Samuel H. Turner, Sr., hospital President and CEO. “Our upward trend in patient volume illustrates that we continue to be the health care provider of choice in Johnson County and a trusted resource to community members throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.”
The overall design of the new Critical Care Services Expansion echoes Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s mission of Improving Health Through Christian Service in subtle ways. Light is abundant as sun shines through the massive glass windows. Etched into glass partitions near the Emergency Department, children’s play area and main lobby are prayers for patients, family and the hospital provided by those who work at the hospital. These words serve as silent messages of faith, hope and healing to patients and their families and friends. The chapel, centrally located in the tower, is an open glass area overlooking a garden that offers an inviting space for meditation and reflection.
Even the practical side of the hospital design was made with the comfort of patients and families in mind. Some are small things like dedicated hallways for transportation of patients to assure their privacy. Others, like larger rooms in the Intensive and Cardiac Care Units offer a place for loved ones to spend the night, acknowledge the importance of family in the healing process.
“This project is a culmination of years of planning and hard work by hospital executives, physicians, nurses and associates,” said Turner. “We have listened to the comments of our patients and have involved our medical professionals in the planning process in order to create a new facility that represents quality, innovation and commitment to our community.”