Community Hospital’s multi-phase, $20 million Surgical Services department construction project is nearing completion in Munster, Ind. Started in 2013, the project has added private patient rooms, doubled the capacity of the Neonatal unit and increased capacity for stroke and heart patients.

With the addition of Parkview Tower at the outer northwest corner of the hospital and relocation of the Family Birthing Center, space became available for the surgical expansion on the main floor of the hospital.

Features include construction of a hybrid surgical suite that enables both traditional open chest and minimally invasive cardiac procedures and complete renovation of four existing operating rooms to accommodate new technology. The project also included the construction of four new operating suites for neurosurgery, spine surgery and orthopedic procedures, and remodeled surgical admission and post-anesthesia units and surgical holding room.

The redesigned area includes 16 post-anesthesia care unit beds, expanded from the previous 10 beds. In addition, 27 surgical procedure beds have been included to accommodate the increase in same-day surgeries.

Estimated date of completion of the last phase of the construction project is April 2017.