St. Clare Medical Building Grand Opening Marks Doctors’ Day
St. Mary Medical Center’s latest expansion offers technology and convenience
to physicians and patients alike.
LANGHORNE, Pa., March 19, 2008 – St. Mary Medical Center today announced that it will commemorate the opening of its new state-of-the-art St. Clare Medical Building in conjunction with Doctors’ Day on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. The event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will include a blessing, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and brief speaker remarks. Built in response to the community’s growing need for medical services and physician office space, the new four-story, 102,000-square-foot building will house physician practices with customized suites in addition to the St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorder and St. Mary Pain Management Centers with specialized accommodations.
Father Raju (from left to right); Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Joseph Conroy; St. Mary President and CEO Greg Wozniak; Chairman of the St. Mary Board of Directors Jim McCaffrey; and President of the Medical Staff Dr. Richard Shusterman helped cut a ribbon as part of a ceremony and blessing to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed St. Clare Medical Building.
The St. Clare Medical Building stands next to St. Mary’s St. Francis Medical Building and is connected to the main hospital on three levels. Technological advancements include an optic network that will improve the flow of patient information between the hospital and doctors’ offices as well as an infrastructure that supports the electronic medical records and digital imaging technology already in place within the Medical Center. The building also will feature modern conveniences for visitors and staff such as a ground floor “grab and go” café with breakfast, lunch, and gourmet food options, a public pharmacy, and shopping kiosks. A two-story attached parking deck provides convenient drop-off areas and easy visitor access to the building.
“I’m excited that we’re nearing the completion of the new St. Clare Medical Building. The care and thought put into the design of the building are remarkable, and I'm confident that the facility will prove to be a valuable asset for physician practices and the community as a whole,” notes St. Mary Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Joseph Conroy, MD. “It is especially appropriate to host the grand opening of the St. Clare Medical Building on Doctors’ Day.”
The building also features two new healing gardens designed to complement the existing healing gardens found in the central courtyard and in areas near the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center and Emergency Department. The hospital also has a unique rooftop garden that is seen from the Intensive Care Unit. The Healing Gardens at St. Mary Medical Center are beautifully landscaped and maintained common areas that were designed to support the belief that the restorative power of nature can be integrated into a modern medical center environment.
The concept of healing gardens in a healthcare setting was brought to St. Mary by businesswomen and philanthropist Sue Wert and noted landscape architect Carter van Dyke. The Healing Gardens at St. Mary Medical Center are a self-sustaining initiative that relies on independent fundraising by the St. Mary Medical Center Community League.
Construction of the St. Clare Medical Building began in February 2007 following the demolition of the Medical Center’s former Administrative Services Building. Occupation of the new building will take place in stages beginning in March 2008.