PITTSBURG, KS.--- Construction workers are laying down the floors and finishing various other interior projects in Via Christi Hospital's new surgery center.
"What started out as a concept and architectural rendering, we're actually watching the steel and wall go up now," said Michael Hayslip, Public Relations Director.
The center will be about 40,000 square feet, making it the largest project of its kind since the hospital opened in 1971. So far, most of the construction process is falling into place, but there are a few minor issues.
"Probably the biggest right now is getting it tied into the existing facility and making sure we accommodate the hospital while the construction is going on," said Bart Arnett, Crossland Construction General Superintendent.
Most hospital workers say they enjoy watching this expansion develop because it's one step closer to a more modernized hospital. It's expected to be complete by this October.
"Right now, we're implementing the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. It's robotic assistance surgery, but you need more additional space to accompany that kind of equipment, and these rooms are going to be able to do that for us," said Hayslip.
Along with the latest medical technology, the new surgery center will also have bigger surgery rooms, as well as larger pre and post operating recovery rooms for patients.
"The rooms are all private, right now they're not for outpatients. So we're really looking forward to giving that. That's what patients have said they wanted, was privacy. These new areas will give that to the patients," said Brenda Lemmons, Director of Preoperative Services.