St. Rita’s plans $33 million renovation

LIMA — Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has started a $33 million renovation of one of the hospital’s oldest patient care buildings.

The multi-year renovation calls for new floor locations and upgrades to the hospital’s neuro-inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient behavioral health and pediatric and adult physical therapy areas, as well as the installation of energy efficient windows, a new roof and various infrastructure improvements to the E Building, one of the hospital’s oldest.

Mercy Health-Lima President Ronda Lehman said Wednesday that the building, now nearly 60 years old, is in need of infrastructure and aesthetic updates “due to the things that we’re going to be changing and growing.”

The inpatient behavioral health unit, for example, will see new “soft” spaces for therapy, treatment and activities outside patient rooms. Similar plans are in the works for inpatient rehabilitation, which will offer space for stroke patients to practice daily activities.

The project, which started in the first quarter of 2022, should be complete sometime in 2025, hospital leaders said Wednesday.

Patient areas may be temporarily relocated, but Lehman said the project should not disrupt services.

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