St. John’s 10-year plan to address $650 million in needs.
About 100 invited guests heard plans tonight for Mercy’s commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the region. St. John’s Health System President / CEO Jon Swope announced about $650 million in needs identified the past year and detailed several projects in the works or in the early planning phases.
Plans include doubling the size of the level II neonatal intensive care unit at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and renovating and expanding Children’s Hospital services and space in the building’s “H” wing. There will also be an emergency room expansion; construction of a heart hospital on the Springfield campus and various renewals of facilities across the region.
The meeting was a follow-up to last year’s community roundtable, where area leaders discussed community health needs. Several key themes emerged.
“We found that from community to community, the key themes were very close,” Swope said. The need for health and wellness education for children; desire for more physicians particularly in rural communities and an overall request to make health care easier – both in accessibility and affordability, were common suggestions.
Swope shared that physician recruitment continue to be strong as leaders looked at key areas where patients were underserved in terms of physician to population ratios.
This last year, St. John’s recuirted 62 physicians in Rolla, regional, Springfield divisions. An additional 52 advanced practitioners brought a grand total of 114 additional healthcare providers in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas.
St. John’s Health System community benefit numbers, although preliminary for fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011), added up to more than $89 million. This included $64.8 million in cost of uncompensated care; $16 million in community outreach services; $6 million in education and research and $1.6 million in community donations.