Little Company of Mary welcomes visitors to West Pavilion Open House
By Jessica Sabbah For Sun-Times Media October 15, 2012 12:58AM
Assistant unit supervisor Angela Williams describes features of a surgical room used for Ceasarian births in the new West Pavilion at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:24AM
Little Company of Mary Hospital welcomed more than 1,500 visitors Sunday to the open house of its new West Pavilion.
The pavilion, at 2800 W. 95th Street in Evergreen Park, will open its doors to patients Oct. 24 and will replace the hospital’s patient tower.
“It’s like every day is Christmas morning for us when we see this building, and we know that the sisters are committed for the next 60 plus years,” said Joan Murphy, director of community health.
Thirty-minute tours of select floors gave guests the opportunity to get a glimpse of the 300,000-square-foot facility that features 123 private rooms.
Visitors were able to view the private rooms with three different zones for the caregiver, patient and family.
Visitors were also able to see the Family Birth Center, which included a special care unit with eight private rooms. The labor and delivery suites feature state-of-the-art lighting, a multi-functioned Panda Warmer and offer the ability to do different types of birthing through the midwife’s services.
The Comprehensive Center for Women’s Life & Health was also part of the tour. The Center for Women’s Life & Health is the first-of-its kind in the area and offers a number of women’s health services as well as a nationally accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
Kerry Baader, 33, of Tinley Park, went on the tour with her mother, Mary O’Rourke, 75, also from Tinley Park, to see the new pavilion. Their family has been going to Little Company of Mary for years. O’Rourke, who first became a patient there in 1958, said she thought the new pavilion was beautiful.
“Little Company was great care before, but I think it’s taking it to the next level of what we have to offer in the community,” Baader said.