Saint Anne’s Hospital invites community to tours of new patient pavilion

Monday, July 08, 2013

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Coming this summer: Saint Anne’s Hospital's new Fall River patient pavilion with all-private rooms

Fall River, MA - First, it was an all-new emergency room, spacious new operating rooms, an eICU, a new medical office building, advanced robotic-arm technology for joint surgery, new information technologies, and other advances in facilities and technologies.

Now, “The New Health Care” at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, is taking on additional meaning in a big way.

With the opening of a new $30 million, 60,000-square-foot pavilion with all-private rooms this summer, Saint Anne’s will further transform the patient experience and underscore the hospital’s ongoing commitment to quality, safety and service.Saint Anne's Hospital Patient Pavilion 2013

Scheduled to open in August, the pavilion will include 40 new, spacious, all-private patient rooms (see right), with a host of amenities for patients and families.

Twenty rooms will be located on a dedicated telemetry unit for patients requiring cardiac monitoring, such as those recovering from heart attack or other illnesses or conditions that put them at risk for developing serious complications. This unit will feature a state-of-the-art telemetry monitoring system and echocardiography suite.

The second 20-bed medical-surgical unit will be used to care for patients hospitalized with a variety of conditions and illnesses.

By adding these rooms, Saint Anne’s Hospital will be able to convert most existing semi-private inpatient rooms to private rooms. This will ensure that nearly all patients and their families will enjoy the comfort and convenience of private rooms throughout the hospital campus.

“Our clinical data, quality and performance awards, and patient feedback tell us that our improvements have resulted in high-quality care,” says Craig Jesiolowski, Saint Anne’s president, “but we also know that, in addition to outstanding care, patients and their doctors really value private rooms.

"With these exciting changes throughout our hospital, we’re clearly communicating to our patients and our health care partners that we are fully committed to maximizing the entire patient experience.”

What “The New Health Care” means at Saint Anne’s

The new patient pavilion is the latest in a series of significant improvements to facilities, technologies, and systems that, between 2009 and 2013, have totaled more than $103 million.

Supported by Steward Health Care, these projects – along with the addition of dozens of new physicians and an intense focus on quality, safety and service that has resulted in numerous national awards – have transformed the way patients experience Saint Anne’s.

For patients and families

The new pavilion’s design incorporates the latest in comfort measures for patients and families and efficiencies for staff. For example, patients and families can enjoy:

  • private rooms with patient bathrooms and showers
  • ample seating for family and visitors
  • floors with sound-dampening features
  • specially designed rooms for patients who require special lifts and wheelchairs, furnishings, and bathroom facilities
  • spacious visitor lounges and family consultation rooms

Modern features for hospital staff 

Design features, such as multiple nurse and staff work stations and built-in “clinician care zone” with computers in each room, will allow nurses and other care providers to document and retrieve clinical information immediately, increasing efficiency and minimizing corridor noise.

A design that is sensitive to the environment 

Close attention has been paid to the building’s sustainable design, too, with features that reduce use of energy, water, and raw materials, and prevent damage to the environment. Some of these include:

  • large exterior windows to allow plentiful natural light
  • acoustical controls on interior and exterior noise
  • white roof to avoid “heat island” effect and minimize impact on environment
  • reduced-flow fixtures and automatic shut-offs to ensure water efficiency
  • energy-efficient control systems to optimize energy performance

“Several years ago, we promised that we would continue to bring world-class health care to our community,” says Jesiolowski. “We’re proud that we’re keeping that promise and are excited to share this latest chapter with our community.”


Quick facts about Saint Anne’s Hospital new multi-story patient pavilion

  • Two nursing units (18,700 square feet each) and space for future patient services 
  • Total number of new patient rooms: 40 (20 rooms in each nursing unit), ranging from 220 to 280 square feet
  • Cost of the project: $30 million
  • Architect: Steffian Bradley Associates, Boston
  • Construction: Suffolk Construction, Boston
  • Project management: First Bristol Corporation, Fall River, MA

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England.

Saint Anne’s specialized centers and services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center; the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care; Steward Diabetes Education Program; the Steward Centers for Pain Management; geriatric psychiatry; orthopedics; pediatrics; adult and pediatric rehabilitation; cardiovascular care; and primary care.

August 1, 4-8 p.m.: Join us for an open house!mary richardson

Join our guest host and Steward Health Care Community Liaison, Mary Richardson, formerly of WCVB’s “Chronicle” magazine, for a sneak peek at Saint Anne's Hospital's new pavilion!

Tour our new 40-room addition with state-of-the-art, all-private rooms ... see demonstrations of new advanced technologies (including electronic maps to help you get to your destination) … learn how we’re creating private rooms throughout the hospital … and enjoy Ben & Jerry's ice cream, all with our compliments!

All are welcome.  No response required … just drop in.  Please use entry to the new building, located near the "Blue Lot" on the South Main Street side of our campus.

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