St. John’s Hospital Reopens 11th Floor After Devastating Fire

 St. John’s Hospital Reopens 11th Floor  After Devastating Fire

When a devastating fire broke out on the roof of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in September 2021, team members, administrators, and emergency personnel jumped into action to evacuate patients safely. The 11th floor, which was severely damaged by the fire, has remained closed since that fateful day, displacing medical-surgical nursing unit team members and forcing the relocation of patients.

“During this time of displacement, our team members showed remarkable adaptability and dedication, floating to and from various floors, providing the highest level of care in the midst of this transition. It has been a challenging time,” Donald T. Morrish, MD, MMM, Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Services, said.

On June 6, from the ashes of the fire came progress, as hospital leadership and team members celebrated the reconstruction of the 11th floor during a ribbon-cutting ceremony which included local elected officials and community leaders.

“It’s important for us to recognize the accomplishment of this space,” Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano, President & Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Episcopal Health Services said. “Opening Tower 11 now is a testament to the nursing staff, physicians, the entire medical staff and the administration. This coming from me, is an important word. This is a miracle, a clear and sound miracle.”

The stunning, new state-of-the-art floor features 38-beds, a family room, advanced telemetry equipment, an upgraded nurse call system, and beautiful new furniture.

“These enhancements will significantly improve patient care and are just one small example of how we are transforming the facilities within our health system,” Karen Paige, Chief Operating Officer, EHS, said. “We are committed to providing high-quality person-centered care in a healing environment that our community and residents deserve.”

Current EHS board member and former CEO Gerard M. Walsh described the opening of Tower 11 as a new chapter for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.  “Today we officially close the book on the fire. It’s been a long time and a lot of people have done a tremendous amount of work to make this happen,” Walsh said. “And today we open the book on this new, beautiful unit and how much it is going to improve the lives of the people that we serve in this community because that’s what we do. We take care of people.”

Photos courtesy of Episcopal Health Services.

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