UM Health System Officials to Host Open House for New Addition

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COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Health System officials will host an open house for a $190 million addition to University Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The event will take place 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Hospital's new addition at One Hospital Drive in Columbia.

The 310,500 square-foot tower adds 90 private "smart" rooms, six operating rooms, a 7,000 square-foot pharmacy, and 43 pre- and post-procedure rooms. MU Health Care officials said in a news release the smart rooms feature vital sign devices that can wirelessly access health system-wide electronic medical records.

"When we first set out to build this expansion, our aim was to create a state-of-the-art facility for our patients and families, but I think we have exceeded that goal," said health system Vice Chancellor Harold A. WIlliamson Jr. in the news release.

Part of the tower includes a new $50 million home for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, replacing its current location on Business Loop 70. The new center offers patients an ambulatory infusion unit for chemotherapy treatment, a radiation oncology unit with two linear accelerators for radiation therapy treatment, medical imaging with CT and PET scanners, as well as a a DEXA bone-density scanner, 66 exam rooms, a breast health center with 3-D and digital mammography, an outpatient pharmacy, a cancer rehabilitation gym, and a gift shop with gifts unique to cancer patients.

The new hospital addition adds 97 new jobs in nursing positions, pharmacy, housekeeping, and nursing support.