The campaign drive behind St. Mary’s Medical Center’s renovation and expansion project is complete.

The campaign drive behind St. Mary’s Medical Center’s renovation and expansion project is complete.

Thanks to the generous financial support of employees, physicians, local businesses, foundations and the community, the “Calling to Care” campaign by the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation for the renovation and expansion of the surgery area is completed, nearly a year ahead of schedule, according to a press release.

Campaign co-chairs Emagrace Colley and Bill Essmann recently announced pledges and cash contributions meeting the $1 million goal.

“Emagrace and I are grateful for the supportive efforts of everyone who contributed to the success of the campaign,” Essmann said. “We projected that the campaign would be completed in three years and we finished it in two.”

The project enlarges two operating rooms, virtually untouched since the hospital was built in 1981, allowing for full utilization of the surgical suites and maximum flexibility in scheduling.

Newer, larger operating rooms allow for faster turnaround times and shorter patient-wait times. Preoperative and recovery areas are also being expanded to increase patient comfort and privacy. While the foundation raised $1 million, the total cost of the project is $3.7 million. Ascension Health is funding the balance. Construction began in the fall and is expected to be completed early next year.

“The commitment from the community to make this expansion a reality has been phenomenal,” Suzanne Dell-St. Clair, manager of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, said in a release.

“This capital campaign has been one of largest in the history of St. Mary’s in Blue Springs. It’s a testament to the community’s dedication to its hospital.”

Added Annette Small, CEO of St. Mary’s: “I am very grateful to have such a supportive community, staff and physicians making this happen. We plan to continue growing and excelling in the care we provide the residents of our community.”