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First anniversary celebration events planned

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will celebrate its first anniversary with a re-dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in the main lobby of the hospital, 500 Remington Boulevard. Scheduled speakers include Rick Mace, CEO of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, David L. Crane, CEO of Adventist Midwest Health, Dr. James Rejowski, president of the hospital’s medical staff, John Rapp, regional vice president, ministries and mission, Adventist Midwest Health, and Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar. Members of the media are invited to cover the event, which is by invitation only.  

Claar will receive the hospital’s “Excellence in Wellness” award. Claar was the hospital’s first patient on Jan. 14, 2008. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital was the first new hospital to open in Illinois in 25 years, providing much-needed medical care to the residents of Will County and beyond. The 138-bed hospital includes 106 medical/surgical beds, 20 obstetric beds and 12 intensive care beds, along with a Level II trauma center. Patient rooms feature the latest amenities, such as sleeper sofas for overnight family stays, flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet access and room service. The 300,000 square-foot hospital is one of the area’s largest employers, with 525 full-time workers.  

“It has been an exciting first year for Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital,” Mace said. “We are proud to be part of this community.”  

During its first year in operation, the hospital logged more than 30,000 emergency department visits. More than 700 babies were born at the hospital, slightly surpassing projections. On average, the hospital’s inpatient occupancy rate has stood at 26 percent, leaving much room for growth as the region’s population continues to increase.

“While it’s true that we are growing slowly, our numbers show that we are fulfilling an important need in this community,” Mace said. “We expect to serve the health-care needs of local residents for many years to come.”  

The hospital’s list of accomplishments also continues to grow. In April, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved the hospital’s request for cardiac cath services, providing critical access close to home for residents in and around Will County. Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that helps guide physicians in choosing the best, most effective treatment for patients with heart disease.  During the procedure, a physician uses digital images to identify potential blockages in the arteries. If an artery is found to be narrowed or blocked, the physician can use several techniques to improve blood flow. That approval allowed patients with active heart attacks to be treated at the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab instead of being transferred to other hospitals. Prompt treatment often means the difference between life and death for heart attack patients, as it did for the hospital’s first primary percutaneous coronary intervention patient.

In September, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital opened its new Women’s Imaging Center. Located in suite 235 at the medical office building adjacent to the hospital, the center offers digital mammography, ultrasound and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) bone density tests.

The hospital is in for a busy 2009. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center, which provides full-service, comprehensive obstetrical care including state-of-the-art neonatal services for premature and critically ill newborns, will relocate from the main hospital campus to the adjacent medical office building. The hospital also will begin offering minimally invasive weight loss surgery and support through an adjustable gastric banding system.  

“We are looking forward to another productive year of ‘firsts,’” Mace said.