Oct 22 2018

Mercer Health is pleased to announce the opening of the Sanderell Family West Wing at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.  The Sanderell Family West Wing, officially opened its doors for patient care today, after breaking ground on September 25, 2016 and officially  beginning construction on April 10, 2017.  The three-story West Wing includes:

  • The Outpatient Center, located on the first floor, increases capacity for patients receiving the specialty services offered in this center, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care and much more.  The new Outpatient Center includes 10 Outpatient Treatment Rooms, 2 Chemotherapy Infusion Rooms and 2 Procedure Rooms.  The number of Outpatient Center procedures per year has increased from 2,764 in 2011 to over 5,853 in 2017.  The Outpatient Center was previously located on the second floor in the East Wing. 
  • The Inpatient Center, located on the second floor, provides 18 new private patient rooms and bathrooms.  Annual inpatient admissions has increased from 1,876 in 2014 to 2,171 in 2017.  The Inpatient Center located on the third floor in the current East Wing, including the ICU rooms, will continue to be utilized, allowing for over 40 inpatient rooms at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital.
  • The Surgical Center, located on the third floor, features 4 large operating rooms, 2 scope rooms, 6 recovery rooms, 16 private pre-and post-operating rooms, 2 private consultation rooms and a larger, more enhanced surgical waiting area.  The new Surgical Center also includes a larger and enhanced central sterile processing center for more efficient processing of instruments used for surgical procedures.  The number of surgical procedures per year has increased nearly 25% since 2011.  The new state-of-the-art Surgical Center will also allow for additional opportunities for future technological enhancements and the recruitment of additional surgeons providing more specialized surgeries locally at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital.
  • The Atrium connecting the current East Wing to the new West Wing features Hazelnut Coffee Bar, an Outside Healing Garden, a Baby Grand Piano generously donated to Mercer Health and enhanced dining spaces including an outdoor pavilion.  In addition, an enhanced café, The Cedar Table Café, located in the space of the former dining room, will open in mid-November.

Lisa Klenke, CEO at Mercer Health states, “In order to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the community, an expansion project was necessary.  Advances in medical science and technology continue to provide new and exciting opportunities for community hospitals to provide higher quality and more efficient healthcare to their communities.  The enhancements made in surgical services, outpatient services and inpatient care services will adequately allow our team to continue to compassionately offer service to our community.”

The new 67,000 square foot West Wing allows Mercer Health to continue its mission to positively steer the community’s health.  The Mercer Health organization originally opened its doors on December 6, 1950 as Our Lady of Mercer hospital.  On April 1, 1972, seven townships in Mercer County took possession and assumed operations of the hospital operating as a joint township hospital district.  Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations shares, “Building on a Promise” seemed a fitting expression for the West Wing expansion project and associated fundraising campaign as “Building on a Promise” pays tribute to the forefathers that established and sustained the organization while representing the renewal of a promise for generations to come.”

Kremer continues, “Community hospitals play a unique role in the communities they serve, often innately anchoring a community’s way of life by providing local healthcare services, an economic lifeline for employees and an economic stimulant to the community.  Some may define a community hospital based upon its number of beds, the geographic location or the governance structure.  However, at Mercer Health, we think a community hospital is defined by the interwoven lives of friends, family and neighbors; a network of servant hearts and hands compassionately offering service in time of need.”

Kremer concludes, “We are most thankful to the community for their continued support and feel honored and blessed to continue to care for our community, providing local, quality, compassionate healthcare.”

An Opening Day Celebration Ceremony will commemorate the occasion.  The ceremony, including participation from the Coldwater VFW Color Gaurd, Coldwater Marching Band and Mercer Health staff, will take place at 12 noon outside the South Entrance of the Sanderell Family West Wing.