Mercy Hospital Jefferson Construction

February 28, 2016

By the end of 2017, Mercy Hospital Jefferson hopes to open its new private patient room tower and transformed facility.

That major construction project is taking place while the 251-bed hospital continues to provide full services to the community.

By checking back here regularly, you can keep pace with the construction project and find out what may have changed since the last time you visited Mercy Hospital Jefferson.


The final piece of steel for the new patient tower at Mercy Hospital Jefferson is scheduled to be set on Wednesday, Dec. 14. A “topping out” ceremony will be held to acknowledge that milestone event.

“Thanks to the talents of our construction partners, the new all private room patient tower is getting closer to a reality day by day,” said Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson. “The final steel beam will include the signatures and best wishes of many Mercy co-workers.”

As the beam is hoisted it will also include an evergreen tree and an American Flag. Attaching a tree to the final structural beam has been practiced by construction workers for centuries. The tree represents growth, life and good luck for the construction workers and the building’s future occupants. The flag symbolizes patriotism and signifies that united effort of the project team. 

The project remains on schedule for completion in the winter of 2017. Time-lapse construction photos can be viewed on the Mercy Jefferson website at

During construction of the new main entrance at the South Medical Office, access to retail pharmacy on the ground floor is available through the stairs at the main visitor’s elevators. The exterior entrance to the pharmacy is closed for construction of the new patient tower.

Outpatients coming to the hospital for one-day surgery, imaging or other procedures enter the building at the main front entrance. You will be registered by admitting personnel there and then escorted to the waiting area for your procedure.

Several other projects have already been completed:

  • The newly remodeled Behavioral Health Unit allows Mercy Jefferson to return 16 patient beds to service after extensive updates. The need for mental health care in our community is well documented, so we are happy to be able to serve these patients once again in a better and safer location. 
  • The Mercy Clinic Family Practice – Jefferson is now open on the first floor of the North Medical Office with a spacious waiting area and exams rooms for Drs. Kenneth Kilian, Raymond Weick, Gokul Budati and Rebekah Case.
  • The new Mercy Clinic OB/GYN – Jefferson is now open on the third floor of the South Medical Office. The open waiting and floor plan includes offices for Drs. Will Snidle, Melinda Auer, Jacob Peyton and Catherine Hutz. 
  • Mercy Clinic Hyperbaric and Wound Care – Jefferson expanded to add a third hyperbaric oxygen chamber to accommodate more patients in need of healing for chronic wounds.
  • The Women and Child Center opened new labor and delivery rooms, operating room suites and new nursery in May 2016. Remodeling on the Third Floor continues on post partum patient rooms and the nursing station in the Woman Child Center.

  • The chemo and infusion suite also moved to the first floor of the Medical Office North on the main hospital campus. Special parking spots designated for patients receiving cancer treatments are available in the front parking lot near the north building.
  • A subtle but important update converted interior and parking lot lighting to high-efficiency LED fixtures. The new system provides better visibility while saving environmental resources and money.

In addition to the construction for the new patient tower, several other projects are currently underway. Ground was broken on October 24 for a new $18 million cancer cetner on the site of the former Spinning Wheels Skate Center. The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.

One of the key features of the new Mercy Hospital Jefferson will be the cardiology suite, which will locate the cardiac catheterization lab, physician offices and diagnostic testing into one central location on the ground floor near the emergency department and surgical operating rooms. That work is underway and will include the areas formerly occupied by Admitting.

While on-going construction can cause disruptions, the overall project completion will completely revitalize the hospital campus and deliver on the promises made by Mercy with private patient rooms, many new physician specialists, and a commitment to the community for the best health care available for residents of Jefferson and surrounding counties.

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