St. Tammany Parish Hospital announced expansion plans for a phased construction project 2017 through 2020.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital worked with FL+WB Architects and OptimaLogix Consultants to develop a comprehensive master facilities plan to steer strategic direction for the next five to 15 years. The resulting plan centers on increased capacity for private rooms, parking, critical care, obstetrics, interventional cardiology, imaging and surgery.
“We recognize our responsibility to the residents of west St. Tammany and surrounding areas,” said John Evans, chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 Board of Commissioners. “This hospital was established so that families here would not have to travel long distances for the care they need, and as the population grows, so do our services and capabilities. This next project will address growing needs for parking and patient care.”
The patient care space will increase private patient rooms for critical care at the main hospital, while parking will be added both east and west of Tyler St. Initial activity will occur west of Tyler St. along 8th Ave., Tyler St. and Polk St. Later phases will expand parking east of Tyler St. at Harrison, removing the Riverside Building. After parking phases are complete, the project will focus on building flexibility for future use and eventual repurposing of the oldest structures in the main hospital.
To allow uninterrupted care in existing spaces within the hospital, the expansion will occur as a three-story addition attached to the hospital. If needs warrant, the plan could allow a fourth story shell space to be part of this strategic plan.
The hospital has added units of all private rooms repeatedly in the past three expansion projects and remains committed to building new private-room units going forward.
As new units of private suites are put into use caring for patients, hospital construction teams will retrofit older units of semi-private rooms, ultimately emphasizing private-room environments for inpatients. A fourth floor shell space was part of the Millennium Project, which tripled the size of STPH in the early 2000s. That shell became the hospital's first Healing Arts Unit in 2008 and presently houses the Neuroscience Unit. Such long-range planning may be included this time as well.
Analysis of the bed need reveals a growth trajectory through 2030, rounding out around 245 beds in the 12-year projection.