Saint Joseph Berea emergency department nurse Sherry Schwarz knew helping people in their time of need was her calling after a unique experience.
In August, Saint Joseph London marked a decade since its 2010 move from Main Street in London to a 34,000-square-foot, 150 bed building on a 52-acre campus adjacent to Interstate 75. The month-long celebration included a special meal and gift for employees, and the burying of a time capsule in the healing garden. The festivities were doubly meaningful because they also commemorated Saint Joseph London's inclusion in the list of 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.
Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea President John Yanes, FACHE, believes the move to a new building allowed Saint Joseph London to take its service of our community to a new level more than eight decades after the ministry's 1926 founding.
"We've become a regional provider serving a seven-county area," Yanes said. "Our facility featuers the newest design in patient care, including all-private rooms and separate corridors for patients and staff."
Compared with our previous home, Saint Joseph London's current building provides advantages that go beyond more and larger patient rooms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when many older hospitals around the country have had to convert rooms into isolation rooms featuring careful airflow control, Saint Joseph London is fortunate to have 20 dedicated isolation rooms that were included in the hospital's original design. Our building, however, is only part of what makes Saint Joseph London special.
"We work in a beautiful facility, but it's our employees and medical providers who make it so," Yanes said. "They respond to the call to serve, and that makes them the true shining stars of Saint Joseph London."
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 edition of Spirit of Health. For more stories like this one, subscribe to Spirit of Health magazine today.