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Breaking ground on a new era of health care

Breaking ground on a new era of health care

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There’s a major operation going on at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie. But this time the hospital itself is getting healthier. A multimillion-dollar renovation will enhance the surgical and emergency suites. This will provide a better patient experience. The improvements will build upon a tradition of medical excellence. Living proof that after 140 years, we continue our mission of caring for the community.

Part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Saint Vincent Hospital is celebrating a new era of healthcare by breaking ground on a three-story addition. The new building will feature a larger emergency department and a new suite of operating rooms. In the new space, patients will have access to state-of-the-art technologies including da Vinci®* and Mako™** robotic-assisted surgery.

Enhanced emergency care

The expanded emergency department will feature spacious, comfortable waiting areas. It will offer the latest tools and technologies for treating accidents and illnesses that can’t wait. This will help care teams check in, diagnose, and treat more than 65,000 people a year more efficiently. 

“We have one of the busiest emergency departments in the region,” said Sister Carol Morehouse, director of pastoral care and mission outreach at Saint Vincent. “The expansion will enlarge our waiting area so people will have more breathing and decompressing space. Our new exam rooms will allow us to see people quickly and privately.”

A state-of-the-art operating suite

Above the emergency department, four new operating rooms will be equipped with advanced technology. The da Vinci® robot allows surgeons to operate with precision through just a few small incisions using a 3-D vision system. It is used for a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including:

  • Heart
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Gynecologic
  • Thoracic
  • Urologic
  • Colorectal

Mako™ robotic-arm assisted technology helps physicians perform hip and knee replacement surgeries using 3-D modeling for accuracy and control.

“We are living in a different age today,” said Sister Morehouse. “The new rooms will be larger to accommodate the larger machines. This will enable us to deliver better care more efficiently and easily.”

Patients also appreciate Saint Vincent’s expertise in leading-edge technology. “It’s amazing to me what doctors and medicine can do to help people live a more complete life,” said Virginia Mancastroppa. She was recently treated for atrial fibrillation in the newly renovated Electrophysiology Lab at Saint Vincent.

Growing with evolving health needs

The new building will extend from the Hardner Building at 2315 Myrtle Avenue to the north side of the hospital. But our growth will not be limited to the new structure. Saint Vincent recently added more expert surgeons to its medical staff of more than 400. Their specialty areas include:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Bariatrics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Cardiovascular  surgery
  • General surgery

Easier access to a wider variety of experts will help patients receive high-quality care close to home.

“It’s so nice to have a quality hospital like this so close to where I live,” said Mancastroppa. “It’s only an hour away. I’ve always had excellent care there.”

Top-ranked for medical excellence

Saint Vincent has already been recognized for its quality of care. Our philosophy is to put the patient at the center of everything we do. We also focus on first-rate customer service and convenience.

“I believe this project speaks volumes about our commitment to the people of the Erie region,” said Sister Morehouse. “Our patients will continue to have the highest quality of care delivered with compassion and dignity.”

Saint Vincent Hospital is rated No. 1 in Erie*** for Medical Excellence in:

  • Overall Hospital Care
  • Overall Medical Care
  • Overall Surgical Care
  • Cancer Care
  • Cardiac Care
  • Major Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Attack Treatment
  • Heart Failure Treatment
  • Stroke Care
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Care
  • Women’s Health

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*The da Vinci Surgical System is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical®.

**Mako is a trademark of Stryker.

***No. 1 in Market Claims are based on CareChex® 2017 Composite Quality Scores and Ratings™ for hospitals serving the combined statistical area (CSA) of Erie-Meadville. Source: Quantros Inc.; CareChex® 2017 National Quality Rating Database: FFY 2013, 2014 and 2015

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