Second Phase of $143 Million Hospital Expansion Project to Open in 2012

Centennial Medical Center broke ground yesterday on a state-of-the-art heart center that will greatly expand the facility’s capacity and capabilities for battling cardiovascular diseases.

The heart center addition is the second phase of a $143 million expansion project for Centennial that will add 51 beds and enable the medical center to consolidate its comprehensive heart care services in a new setting. The heart center is slated to open in summer of 2012. The first phase involved an expansion of The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, which is on track to be completed in September 2010.

“We are fortunate the community has great confidence in Centennial—so much so that our beds are consistently full. Today is a monumental day for our campus as we embark on a project that will add much-need capacity and allow us to provide excellent outcomes and improved quality of life for more patients,” said Centennial Medical Center President and CEO Tom Herron.

The design by Earl Swensson Associates features a dedicated heart center entrance at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Patterson Street. Patients who enter through its doors will have direct access to the facility’s third floor, which will house all cardiac care services. Brasfield and Gorrie will begin construction at the end of May.

"The project, coupled with the expertise of our team of outstanding specialists, will help Centennial and the TriStar Heart Network continue on the innovative road of pioneering new breakthroughs in cardiovascular care," Herron said.

First conceived more than three years ago, the new heart center was designed in collaboration with the hospital's clinical team, including cardiac and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and other specialists.

“The patient experience is at the forefront of the heart center’s design,” said Christopher Jones, M.D., chair of cardiovascular medicine at Centennial. “The structure will allow greater ease of access and convenience for patients and their families and incorporate the latest concepts in care.”

The project will expand Centennial’s services beyond cardiovascular care. Additional project highlights include: 

  • 100,000 sq. ft. addition
  • 130,000 sq. ft. renovation and finish upgrades
  • Renovated Heart Center drop-off area and motor court
  • New Heart Center reception, registration and waiting areas
  • New 16-bed CVICU and 16-bed CCU addition
  • New cardiovascular surgical suite with 4 open-heart ORs and a hybrid OR
  • New cardiac catheterization suite with 7 total cath, electrophysiology (EP) and endovascular labs
  • New 34-position surgical & cath preoperative and recovery suite
  • New 29-bed orthopedic medical surgical unit
  • 10-bed neurosurgical ICU conversion
  • Shelled space for 29 future beds
  • Finish upgrades to physician’s dining room
  • New 2,400 sq. ft. classroom
  • New clinical pharmacy
  • Two additional elevators for public and service/staff
  • Additional surface parking off of Patterson Street and Murphy Avenue

Centennial Heart Center serves as the tertiary hub for TriStar Health System’s network of accredited chest pain centers and is consistently achieving some of the fastest heart attack intervention times in the nation. Centennial is among the top 3% of heart programs nationally, based on number of surgeries, and has earned The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ top quality ranking.

For more about Centennial or TriStar Heart Network, visit or call MedLine at 615-342-1919.