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  December 08, 2017

Renovations That Are Changing Lives St. John’s Expands Cancer Center and Adds Cardiac ICU, Hybrid Lab, and Total Knee Mako Robot

Submitted by HSHS St. John’s Hospital

HSHS St. John’s Hospital wraps up 2017 on a high note with many exciting projects in the works that will be completed in 2018.

Renovations of the cancer center
The HSHS St. John’s Cancer Center is dedicated to bringing powerful oncology resources to preventing and fighting cancer. Expanding services and space for care is a big part of this.

Construction has started on renovations to St. John’s Cancer Center. Upon completion, it will include an infusion center, medical oncology physician clinics, and radiation oncology, as well as lab services, all inside the St. John’s Pavilion at 301 N. 8th St.

This $3.9 million renovation project will allow more patients to be treated in an enhanced healing environment with a great deal of natural light. Infusion chairs will face a bay of windows looking onto the lawn of the pavilion which will allow patients to see out, but not allow passersby to see in.

“We know if people are at a cancer center, it is a difficult time in their life,” said Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA, president and CEO of St. John’s. “We are committed to bringing the best oncology services to our patients and making sure they and their families are as comfortable as possible while they are receiving treatment here.”
The expanded space will add 10,000 square feet to the existing cancer center, which doubles the size of the space currently in use at St. John’s. It will house 11 open and private infusion bays with comfortable, reclining chairs, televisions, and iPads; one private seat for injection treatment; seven exam rooms; two procedure rooms; dressing rooms; updated lockers; and a spacious family lounge with a hospitality station.

Patients can be seen by their oncologist and radiation oncologist, get lab work completed and receive chemotherapy treatments and any transfusions as deemed necessary by the oncologists at the St. John’s Cancer Center.

“We are excited to open the new cancer center and provide all of these outpatient services under one roof. It is convenient for our patients and allows them to receive the best care possible,” said Melissa Wade, director of oncology. “Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2018.”

Learn more about the HSHS St. John’s Cancer Center and its upgrades at www.st-johns.org/cancercenter.

New cardiac intensive care unit
HSHS St. John’s Hospital has started renovations to add a cardiac intensive care unit. The $7.9 million renovation will allow patients to have a state-of-the-art unit to recover in after open heart surgery, cardiovascular surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery.

The finished project will add 14 beds, dedicating more space for St. John’s patients, support areas, family waiting areas, and nurse stations.
“Beginning this project is a step toward making the Prairie Heart Institute, as well as St. John’s, even better,” said Dr. Greg Mishkel, executive medical director of Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital.

The new cardiac ICU will support changes in the care delivery. These new changes include a program referred to as cardiac bundling which affects how hospitals are reimbursed specifically for cardiac rehabilitation, open heart surgery, and heart attack treatment, as well as a repeal of a previously passed measure that demanded changes in how medical providers are compensated for Medicare procedures.

“This new ICU will incorporate technology in a way that will help us better engage patients and their families across that continuum,” Mishkel said. “Patients will benefit from the latest wireless technologies, allowing for increased mobility, and technology even will be incorporated into the care model to help speed recovery both in and out of the hospital.”

“The renovation is anticipated to be completed by mid-January of 2018,” said Patti Fischer, chief operating officer for St. John’s.

New hybrid lab at Prairie Heart Institute
Patients in need of aortic aneurysm repairs, heart valve replacements, and other sophisticated heart and vascular procedures at the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s can now benefit from the area’s most advanced hybrid cath lab facilities.

“Hybrid room technology provides the most sophisticated, detailed visualization of heart and vascular anatomy,” Mishkel said. “This helps surgeons and interventional cardiologists identify optimal placement of valves and vascular grafts. With the aid of this technology, physicians have significantly improved the outcomes of minimally invasive procedures.”

“The hybrid lab supports the ongoing evolution of cardiovascular disease treatment at Prairie Heart,” Lucore said. “By continuing to offer less invasive and minimally invasive approaches, we can provide a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery for our patients. In addition, we can safely treat more higher-risk patients who are not eligible for traditional surgical treatments.”

Designed to enhance patient safety and outcomes, the hybrid cath lab is equipped with the state-of-the-art Siemens Artis Pheno imaging system, which offers flexible positioning and excellent image quality using low-dose X-rays and is specifically designed for use in a hybrid lab environment. The Siemens Artis hybrid lab is one of only 12 labs of this type available in the U.S. and one of only two available in Illinois. The Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon Illinois opened its Artis lab in November.

New Mako robot for total knee replacements only at St. John’s
St. John’s Hospital is the first hospital in Sangamon County to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm assisted total knee replacement procedures. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed.
 Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon-controlled robotic arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.

Exclusively at St. John’s, patients can experience greater accuracy, minimal scarring, and faster recovery from knee surgery thanks to the new Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted System and Dr. Gordon Allan from Orthopedic Center of Illinois.

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed,” Dr. Allan said. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako system allows surgeons to personalize each patient’s surgical plan. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments, while the robotic-arm then allows us to execute that plan with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The combination of these three features of the system has the potential to lead to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

The Mako total-knee application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the knee. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to prepare the knee and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan.

Dr. Allan is the only surgeon in Springfield who is trained to perform this type of full knee replacement procedure. Dr. Allan has had extensive experience with Mako Robotic total hip and partial knee replacements.

“We are building on our five years of experience on Mako robotic partial knee and total hip replacement with this new machine and procedure,” Allan said.

 “We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology in Springfield,” said Patti Fischer, chief operating officer at HSHS St. John’s. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community and the region with outstanding health care.” Back to Top

December 08, 2017
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