Driving by the new facility off Highway 23 shows the construction of stair shafts, as well as footings and foundation parameters in place for the entire structure. The Emergency Department is one area that is currently taking shape and will be accessible off Douglas Street, which is undergoing upgrades as part of the overall project.
“It is an exciting time for us at Ripon Medical Center as we see the culmination of years of planning and coordination,” says Katherine Vergos, Ripon Medical Center chief operating officer. “We have worked diligently with our leaders and associates to help design a facility that will meet the healthcare needs of the Ripon area for now and into the future.”
The new 120,000-square-foot facility is slated to open by fall 2014. Behind the scenes, Ripon Medical Center associates continue to coordinate interior design work, and furniture and millwork selection. And, although the move is about a year away, committees are currently planning the hospital’s move from its existing site at 933 Newbury Street.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation for Ripon Medical Center, a wellness center is being constructed at the new site.
“We have designed this space with our patients and visitors in mind,” Vergos says. “Patients and visitors will enter through a main entrance that gives the experience of entering one single, integrated medical center. Our outpatient services will be conveniently located on the hospital’s first floor, and we are adding two labor/delivery/recovery and postpartum rooms as part of the new Women & Infants Unit.”
“High technology will be evident in each room, with much of the inner workings hidden behind cabinetry,” according to Vergos. “Medical charts will be a state-of-the art computer system linked to the nurse call center and phone system for two-way communication. In the new rooms, medical charting will consist of a stationary computer monitor and keyboard – each attached to the wall on separate swivel-arm apparatuses that can be pulled and positioned for easy use.
“A 42-inch flat-screen television with a multitude of stations will also boast connectivity to the Internet, an array of games, the latest movies, as well as educational programming for patients to view,” Vergos adds.
Ripon Medical Center continues to attract new providers to its facility to help area residents receive as many healthcare services locally as possible.
The newest physician at Ripon Medical Center is Steven Sheppard, DO, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. His welcome to the Ripon community signals the return of birthing services at Ripon Medical Center, after a 10-year absence. The hospital plans to start birthing babies by fall 2013.
Ripon Medical Center’s Primary Care Services has welcomed Ewa Paskiewicz, MD, family medicine, and Joseph Franger, MD, internal medicine, along with Sandie Quade, APNP, nurse practitioner. Cancer care has been enhanced through Michael Jones, MD, a medical oncologist with Agnesian Cancer Care; while foot and ankle care services are being offered by Jonathan Stroebel, DPM, Agnesian Foot Clinic; and Jason DeVries, DPM, Excel Orthopedics. And lastly, Xian-feng Gu, MD, Lakeside Neurocare, is offered serves at Ripon Medical Center.