Quincy Medical Center (QMC) has announced plans for a number of major new projects that will not only transform the appearance of the facility but also expand the services it provides to the community. In the next year, Steward Health Care, which acquired QMC on Oct. 1, will invest $30.8 million into capital projects at Quincy Medical Center.
“Providing superior quality health care is our number one goal,” says Daniel Knell, QMC President. “We are proud of the quality of care that we provide here and we are working diligently to modernize the facility, and to bring on more physicians and services to meet the needs of our community. We are eager to present a whole new face of Quincy Medical Center and Steward Health Care System – one that better reflects our commitment to quality and excellence.”
The announcement of the creation of a new 22,000 square foot maternity suite encompassing the hospital’s entire sixth floor has generated enthusiastic support from staff who were sad to see the hospital’s former maternity service close in 1998.
'“Bring maternity back to Quincy is what I’ve heard over and over as I’ve been out talking to people in the community,” explains Knell. “There is a very strong connection between this hospital and generations of families who were born here. We want to make sure that this service is here for generations to come.”
The $12.8 million project will commence later in 2012 pending approval from the state Department of Public Health.
Among the other projects planned for 2012, are a $3.4 million renovation of the parking area, which includes improvements to traffic flow, creation of a new patient drop-off and handicapped parking area. This project began in late 2011 with the demolition of the Gordon House building and is expected to be complete in the spring.
Also currently under way is the creation of a new 12-bed orthopedics suite specially designed for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. The unit incorporates the latest in technology and patient comfort as well as a special rehabilitation area. The new unit is scheduled to open in approximately eight weeks.
In addition, the hospital has slated $11 million for a multi-phase, state-of-the-art renovation of its surgical suite, including renovation of six operating room suites, 20 perioperative bays and patient and family support space, as well as construction of a new 6,500 square foot two-story glass-enclosed lobby and reception area located at the rear of the hospital. This $3 million project will begin in the spring and will incorporate new registration and admitting area and expanded radiology waiting area.
“We are very excited about the revitalization of Quincy Medical Center and what it means to our patients and our surrounding community,” says Knell. “Not only are we improving the services we offer, we are also contributing to the local economy. Construction and economic activity from these projects are expected to create more than 150 new jobs in Quincy.”
About Quincy Medical Center
Quincy Medical Center has played a vital role in the community since 1890, serving the needs of its diverse patient population without exception and providing high quality, comprehensive emergency, medical and surgical services to patients in a uniquely personal and compassionate manner. A 196-bed acute care community hospital, QMC is a high value provider with outcomes at or better than most national quality benchmarks and at lower costs than many providers in the region. Quincy Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System, the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England and the second largest private employer in Massachusetts. Headquartered in Boston, Steward has more than 16,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities. For more information, visit www.steward.org.