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Health festival to showcase new entrance at Mercy Hospital

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GINA R. HEINE
November 17, 2011
— A 15,000-square-foot, $7 million expansion at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center will be open for tours Saturday during a Family Health Festival, said Barb Bortner, Mercy’s vice president of marketing and public relations.

“With the growth in our trauma services, we really found that our existing facility just wasn’t big enough,” she said.


The patient services expansion is nearing completion, and the new hospital entrance will open for patients Monday, Nov. 28.


The expansion includes:


-- A new main entrance and lobby. An expanded pick-up area will provide easier access for people with mobility concerns, Bortner said.


The new lobby includes patient registration, more restrooms and an expanded waiting area that will provide a “tranquil and soothing atmosphere” for families waiting for trauma or surgical patients, Bortner said. A three-story glass façade brings in more natural light.


-- New, expanded consultation rooms where families can meet privately with surgeons and hospital staff.


-- A new notification system for families that will allow them to move around the area while patients are in surgery. Families will be given a cell phone, which a staff member will call when the physician is ready to meet with the family.


-- An open staircase to the ground floor providing convenient access to the cafeteria.


-- A redesigned gift shop in the lobby and an expanded healing garden outside the lobby entrance.


IF YOU GO

What: Family Health Festival


Where: Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, 1000 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville.


When: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday


Activities include: Free pancake breakfast with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the ECHO food pantry, kids activities and refreshments and behind-the-scenes tours of Mercy’s newly renovated hospital services and new front entrance. The first 150 kids will get a free bike helmet, and every family will get a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card.


Free screenings: Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and breast screenings will be available. Appointments are required for breast screenings, and can be made by calling (608) 756-6100. Free flu shots will be given to the first 200 guests.


For more information: Visit the event page at facebook.com/mercyhealthsystem and click on events.

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