Erlanger East Hospital is growing up fast. Primarily known for its women’s services, the hospital will soon be transformed into a full-service, healthy lifestyle center. The recent groundbreaking of Erlanger East Hospital’s “Pathway to Better Health” gave the public a preview of the exciting changes to come. The redesigned space will focus on prevention, wellness, and specialty services for outpatient care, as well as inpatient care and expanded surgery services.
The lobby and visiting areas will be designed as more comfortable and welcoming spaces. There will also be a one-mile outdoor walking trail and a demonstration area for healthy cooking classes. A variety of gardens will also surround the future pathway, as well as a special area for a local farmers market.
Additional plans for the new lifestyle hospital include:
- 4 new operating rooms.
- A cardiac catheterization suite.
- A new patient tower and 58 new patient beds.
- Food service and a retail pharmacy.
- New post-partum beds in the women’s hospital.
- A redesigned lobby for the women’s entrance.
- Expanded office spaces for additional physicians.
In a ceremony celebrating these updates, former UT Vols football coach Phillip Fulmer spoke on behalf of his daughter Brittany Ennen, on her successful delivery at Erlanger East; Fulmer’s granddaughter Natalie was born there in December of 2014.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, and Erlanger North and East CEO Phillip E. Jackson, DSL, FACHE, also spoke during the event, expressing their excitement for the innovative changes. “This will be unlike any hospital in the area,” explained Jackson. “Erlanger East will transform into the region’s first healthy lifestyle hospital, with emphasis on health, well-being, and short lengths of stay.”
The first stones of the “Pathway to Better Health” were poured at the event where the four speakers imprinted them to commemorate the monumental day. While the 24/7 Emergency Room will continue to provide impeccable care throughout this transition, construction is moving quickly and expected to be complete in 2016.