The South Shore Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Emerson Building on Wednesday.
Brian Hotarek, the hospital’s Chairman of the Board said the new building, which was originally built in 1989, has now been remodeled to meet the needs of the growing number of patients.
“We needed additional beds,” Hotarek said. “We now have over 82,000 admissions into the emergency department every year and from that, people are admitted into the hospital so there is a need for beds.”
On Wednesday, the new building was presented at a private opening to donors, physicians, board of directors, trustees and hospital administration.
The original four-story Emerson building has been expanded by 40 feet with two new floors (now a total of 6) . It includes a new spacious lobby with a café that sells everything from frozen yogurt to Paninis and stays open until 1 a.m. The new gift shop is nicely organized with “get well” gifts to South Shore Hospital merchandise. All the proceeds from the shop benefit the hospital too.
There is free valet parking for patients who have trouble walking and a convenient concierge and registration center with comfortable chairs that fit the needs of the patients right in the new Mckim Family Main entrance. There is a new lab, located right by the main entrance for anyone looking to get blood work done.
A total of 60 new, private inpatient rooms have also been added to the building to meet the specific needs of medical, surgical, orthopedic and cancer patients.
The orthopedic center includes a new gym for patients to do physical therapy and orthopedic nurse manager Dean Haspela said it will help send more patients home at a quicker rate.
Haspela said patients can use the gym at any time and he will even hold friendly competitions between them. With a presence of a fitness center, he joked that there will be no escaping physical therapy.
Victoria Koertge, the nurse manager of the cancer center said the new additions give the patients more privacy and a healing environment.
“We already have the skill set, the compassion and the experience to take care of these patients and now we have an amazing healing environment,” she said. “They can get better in privacy with their family by their bed side.”
The South Shore Hospital will hold a grand opening "Festival of Caring" celebration on Saturday, which will include performances by local choral groups, musicians and dance teams, live Zumba and yoga fitness demonstrations, health and wellness seminar, tours of the newly expanded building, prize drawings, kids’ face painting and arts and crafts, complimentary food and beverages, and a donation station for unwrapped toys to be given to a local family in need for the holiday season. The event is open to the public and will run from 1-4 p.m.