Starbucks opening in St. Rita?s

February 7, 2008

LIMA — The coffee shop under construction and under wraps at St. Rita’s Medical Center will soon provide a whole latte happiness for caffeine lovers. A full-service Starbucks will open in March in the new main lobby, hospital officials announced Thursday. It will join the 15,000 Starbucks in 43 countries around the world.This Starbucks is special, said Linda Chartrand, director of media relations. It is only the second store to open in a hospital.Both St. Rita’s and Starbucks share a commitment to quality and customer service, Chartrand said, along with a commitment to contribute positively in the community.The popular coffee shop is an extension of the vision for the new main lobby of the hospital, President Jim Reber said.“In addition to providing state-of-the-art health care, we wanted to provide a non-medical destination for the community,” Reber said. “One of the best compliments we received during the open house was that this doesn’t feel like a hospital.”Much of the new construction in the lobby and patient tower included improving places for family members to visit and decompress while visiting patients, such as a new chapel, cafeteria and lounges, Reber said.The shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The hospital will provide designated parking spaces near the main entrance for easy access, Chartrand said.