Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has submitted its plans to the City of Manchester for re-developing the land adjacent to the hospital on the city’s West Side.

CMC is a member of GraniteOne Health.

As per the plans, CMC intends to construct a new building that will feature advanced facilities for the New England Heart & Vascular Institute, up to 90 private patient rooms that will enable the hospital to utilise its 330-bed license.

The new building will also have six additional operating suites as well as a larger and upgraded emergency department.

CMC president and CEO Dr Joseph Pepe said: “CMC has a history of and commitment to meeting the community’s healthcare needs, and the community needs this.

“On any given day, this hospital is nearly or completely full.  We treat some of the sickest, most medically complex patients in the community.

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“The demand for our high-quality services is growing and patients expect nothing but the best from us.  We have an obligation to deliver and this new addition will help us carry out our mission of health, healing, and hope.”

For its new expansion project, CMC is working closely with its neighbours including Rite-Aid and St. Mary’s Bank.

The hospital expansion will replace the existing Rite Aid store and the remaining vacant strip mall.

CMC chief nursing officer Jennifer Cassin said: “The trend in health care is certainly toward single-patient rooms.

“Increased privacy promotes comfort and helps patients and families better manage the stress of being in the hospital.  Single-patient rooms can also lead to fewer hospital-acquired infections and help patients recover more quickly.”

CMC anticipates that the new 220,000ft2 space would further enhance patient’s access..

Next month, CMC is planning to present its plans to the Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board, with an objective to break ground on the project in mid-summer 2019 and open the new building in 2022.

In 2008, CMC expanded its campus by opening the Notre Dame Pavilion and the Sky Bridge over McGregor Street.