St. Luke’s continues to make significant progress on the interior of the new two-story expansion project at the McCall Medical Center. Work resumed this summer with the finalization of construction documents, securing subcontractor agreements and receiving an updated building permit from the City of McCall.
“It is rewarding to see the progress being made on the interior of the new hospital,” St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating and Nursing Officer Amber Green said.
Green shared the projected completion of the facility is December 2022. It will then take up to four months to move in and install medical equipment, IT equipment, furniture and supplies, including necessary inspections for regulatory licensure. The hospital is expected to begin seeing patients in April 2023.
“There have definitely been challenges this year with the current supply chain issues and being able to procure necessary equipment and materials,” Green said. “I’m happy to share that as of right now we are operating on schedule.”
The focus of the interior work includes installing the building infrastructure, including HVAC systems, electric, plumbing, fire and sprinkler systems, as well as framing and drywall.
Subcontractors are making headway on the second floor and mezzanine level to complete fireproofing, installation of hangers to house pipe and duct work, steel framing and drywall. The advancement of these areas has enabled electricians and plumbers to begin work on the expansion’s interior.
Work on the first floor includes completion of the necessary conduit and infrastructure to connect to the mechanical systems, allowing the sub-floor concrete to be poured, which began the week of Nov. 8. It is scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving.
The new expansion will house all the hospital’s clinical departments. This includes cardiopulmonary, emergency department, infusion, inpatient rehab (physical and occupational therapy) inpatient rooms, labor delivery and recovery rooms, laboratory, medical imaging, patient registration, pharmacy, surgical services and social services.
Once all clinical departments have moved into their new locations, work will transition to remodeling and partial demolition of the current hospital. This section will house support services, including administration offices, conference rooms, environmental linen services, food and nutrition services and other supporting departments.
Once completed the new hospital will be approximately 70,000 square feet, plus the mezzanine level that will house the central plant systems. The current hospital is 30,000 square feet.
To ensure the move-in process is smooth, an activation project team has been formed to coordinate. The role of this team is to prepare to occupy and operate in the new facility. Representatives from the construction team, supply chain, equipment, interior design and information health technology along with local clinical and operational leaders began meeting in September.
Before beginning the interior work earlier this year, plans included shelling several spaces that would be completed at a future date. The St. Luke’s McCall Foundation and its donors offered to help and will fund completion of these spaces, which totaled nearly $400,000.
The spaces include two emergency room bays, two inpatient rooms, one procedure room, one pre/post operation bay, ECHO exam room, private infusion room, two clinical offices and a healing garden.
“Knowing the project will be complete is a great relief for our team. We’re so grateful to the foundation and the generosity of the donors for their continued support of the project,” Green said.
The $400,000 is in addition to the $5 million raised by the foundation through its ‘Right Care, Right Here’ capital campaign, including more than $300,000 contributed by the St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary from Thrift Shop proceeds.
Laura Crawford works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.