A New Look: Lobby Spruce-Up Under Way


Construction crews erect a wall that cordons off the north half of the lobby.

Perhaps you’ve seen the walls going up at the front of the hospital last week, partitioning off a section of the lobby.

It’s all part of a cosmetic refresh that is scheduled to be completed in three phases, from July 9 through Aug. 24. New carpet, paint, ceilings, seating, lights and decor are planned.

“The temporary walls will protect visitors from construction debris," said Tim Frisbee, supervisor in Building Services."Since this is such a high-traffic area, we asked the contractor to put up metal studs to separate everyone from the work area for the public’s protection,” he said. “The first phase will include the north half of the lobby near the gift shop, followed by the south half of the lobby, and finally the information desk area near the elevators, which will be done at night so visitors will not be inconvenienced.”

The renovations will be done with Mercy brand finishes, which are neutral tones with bursts of color in the seating fabrics, said Catherine Grasso, NCIDQ, senior project manager for the East Region of Mercy.
Also planned for a cosmetic refresh is the Physicians Lounge, from July 16 to Sept. 5, Tim said. During the renovation, a renovated conference room will be used as the physicians lounge.

A larger renovation of the lobby is planned for the future, and no specific date has been set, she said. It will include the construction of a glass-enclosed entrance known as the Mercy Lantern, which will be two to three stories tall and will welcome visitors with light flowing in during the day and a lantern=like glow at night. Heavier crosspieces in the framework will outline the shape of a cross, subtly.

“If you’ve been down to Mercy Jefferson recently, we’ve added a large lantern and gallery space across the front of the hospital and medical buildings that help create a cohesive appearance for the campus,” Catherine said. “The Mercy Lantern was developed to be a unique entrance to our facilities. They serve as a beacon of light, drawing attention to the entries of the building.”

In addition, specially created historic panels that showcase the heritage of St. Anthony’s/Mercy will be installed on the wall near the information desk.

Signature Style: 5 West Renovation is Complete


Kelli Buehner, RN, Care Management patient resource manager, works at the nurses’ station in the newly renovated 5 West.

A newly renovated 5 West received a blessing last week from Pastoral Care and St. Anthony’s/Mercy leaders.

The remodel included replacing the carpet with Mercy standard flooring, upgrading the fire alarm system and painting corridors and rooms, said Tim Frisbee, supervisor of design and construction in Building Services. The nurses station also was renovated in the signature Mercy lantern style.

Construction on 5 East now is under way. The scope of work on each unit will vary due to previous renovations, he said.

Back-to-School Drive Begins Wednesday, July 18


Co-workers, here's your opportunity to make the start of school a brighter experience for youngsters whose families are in need.

School supplies collected through the Mission Services and Activities Team’s drive will be donated to Salvation Army Jefferson County, Lemay Child & Family Center and Crisis Nursery.

Back-to-school drive ambassadors are needed to assist in spreading the word and help with donations in their departments and satellite locations. Can you help? For more information or to become an ambassador, please contact Jennifer Brantley at 314-650-4575 or Ellie Sicola at ext. 4745.

Supplies needed:

• Backpacks
• Fiskar scissors
• Highlighters
• Wide or thin-line markers
• Pocket folders (with brads)
• Colored pencils
• Crayons
• Glue sticks
• Pencil boxes/pouches
• Pens (blue, black, red ink)
• Wide-rule filler paper
• 2” three-ring binders
• Composition books (wide- and college-ruled)
• Spiral notebooks (wide- and college-ruled)
• Post-it notes (3x3)
• Dry-erase markers
• #2 pencils
• Rulers
• Solar scientific calculators
• Index cards
• Earbuds

Items must be brought to the receiving dock between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and noon on Friday, July 27.

Did You Know? St. Anthony’s Legacy Begins


Pius Hospital

St. Anthony's long tradition of faith-based, Catholic service to the St. Louis area began on Sept. 14, 1873, when the Franciscan Sisters of Germany opened St. Boniface Hospital in south St. Louis. It was succeeded by Pius Hospital in north St. Louis and “little St. Anthony’s” in south St. Louis.

On April 17, 1900, Archbishop John Joseph Kain officiated at the dedication of the 100-bed St. Anthony’s Hospital at Chippewa Street and Grand Boulevard. Operated by the Franciscan Sisters, St. Anthony’s grew to become a leading health care provider, both nationally and locally. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it “one of the most elaborate hospital buildings in this country.

“Within twenty-five years, the patient nuns have accomplished more than the whole municipality,” the Post reported. “The municipal authorities of St. Louis might well emulate the example of the little band of women who have made possible this home for the sick. In addition to 125 private rooms, there are two large wards where those unable to pay will be accommodated. Persons in needy circumstances, irrespective of creed, will be taken care of free of charge by the Franciscan Sisters.”