St. Luke's Hosts APEX Insider Event
On August 4, 2015, as part of a special APEX Insider event, more than 40 APEX investor-members were given a private tour of the just completed St. Luke’s surgical floor expansion. St. Luke’s Surgical & Procedural Care will open August 10th, after an extensive $22.5 million, 36,000 square foot expansion project.
John Strange, St. Luke’s CEO/President gave opening remarks to investor-members. “This high-tech facility is the future of St. Luke’s and will dramatically improve the way we deliver health care today. It also positions us to be adaptable in the future with the always-evolving health care landscape.” Strange indicated that the expansion had been part of the administration team’s vision since 1996, and that over the past three years St. Luke’s has invested more than $55 million in capital expenditures.
Dr. Mary Boylan and Dr. Scott Mikesell also addressed investor-members, while several St. Luke’s staff members provided tours of the expansion. The Surgical & Procedural Care floor includes one “hybrid” operating room – a traditional operating suite augmented with cutting-edge surgical imaging technology. Other additions include 42 private pre- and post-op patient rooms, four traditional operating rooms, five endoscopy and special procedure rooms, bedside registration and heated parking. These additions are expected to make the medical experience smoother for patients, patients’ families and health care providers alike.
ERDMAN of Madison, Wisconsin served as the general contractor for the project. Several Duluth companies played important roles in the construction process, including APEX investor-members The JAMAR Company and A.W. Kuettel.
“St. Luke’s has invested in a world-class surgical facility,” stated Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO. “Having access to advanced technology, superior patient care and hospitality-minded health care facilities, our region has yet another desirable feature to attract new businesses and professionals,” continued Hanson.