Today’s expansion groundbreaking ceremony at St. Vincent’s Clay County was a huge success! We are thankful to everyone who came out for the ceremony and to the generous friends of St. Vincent’s Clay County. Below are a few photos from today’s event and you can find more photos on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1HzBJIX.
St. Vincent’s Clay County – a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system – will break ground on its $33.1 million expansion project on May 22nd, 2015 at 10 a.m. J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, who have given the lead gift for this project, will be present at the ceremony. Many donors, community leaders and friends will be turning the dirt at the construction site. The event will also serve as a blessing and a dedication for the new building, which will be named the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion.
The expansion will mean a doubling in size for the medical center, adding maternity and women’s services, 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the Emergency Department and a shell to add 30 additional beds in the future. The architect and builder will be present at the event. St. Vincent’s will begin hiring in late spring 2016 to fill more than 100 new positions in a variety of fields, both clinical and non-clinical.
“We’re excited to be adding much needed maternity services for women seeking care close to their homes,” said St. Vincent’s Clay County President Blain Claypool. “In addition to expanding care, we are creating opportunity in this great community by serving as an economic engine. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Various groups from the Clay County community will be performing, including the Middleburg High School Band, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Pipes and Drums and Honor Guard, Oakleaf High School Chorus, W.E. Cherry Elementary School Chorus and the Wilkinson Junior High School Band. Black Hog Farm will also be there with a sample of offerings from its mobile farmers market.
The event will be festive and fun, celebrating this wonderful addition to the Clay County community. Opening of the expansion is tentatively scheduled for late summer 2016.
Every year during the month of May, the nation takes time to honor one of the most admirable positions in all of healthcare: nursing. In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6 to May 12), we sat down with some of St. Vincent’s most experienced and accomplished nurses to talk about their inspirations, the changes they’ve seen and how they would prepare new nurses for the challenges the role presents. One of those nurses was St. Vincent’s Clay County’s Director of Nursing, Rene Grosdidier.
How long have you been in nursing?
Since 1983—wow—32 years this May.
What inspired you to pursue a career in nursing?
When I was in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman, I spent time on the ICU at Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. I experienced nurses taking care of patients around the clock. I saw the compassionate and caring aspects of what they did. Some of the nurses mentored me and taught me the skills I needed to care for our patients.
How have you seen the field change during your career?
A lot has changed, mainly because of the changes we’ve seen in healthcare. Technology is the biggest change, as the nurse role encompasses more with electronic charting, medication administration and monitoring devices. We also see more and more specialization in nursing, such as operating room nurses, geriatric nurses, labor and delivery nurses, surgery nurses—the list goes on and on.
Also, the old gendered stereotype doesn’t really apply to nursing as a career choice anymore. Men and women are equally capable of handling the physical, mental, and emotional demands that a career in nursing presents.
What advice would you give to younger nurses who are just starting out?
With all the challenges we face, there is a bright future for nurses and the nursing profession. Stay true to our call as the patient advocate. Continue to pursue life-long education to provide the best and most comprehensive nursing care to our patients. All nurses, young and old, should promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of all.