Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital reopens a 27-bed surgical floor

Gathering to celebrate the opening of the remodeled second-floor surgical unit at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital were, from left, Mary Ann Miller, Tempe Chamber president; Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell; Hospital Administrator Jake Golich.  The event commemorated pioneering physician Dr. Ernest von Pohle, whose daughter Ellen Hardin cut the ribbon.
Gathering to celebrate the opening of the remodeled second-floor surgical unit at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital were, from left, Mary Ann Miller, Tempe Chamber president; Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell; Hospital Administrator Jake Golich. The event commemorated pioneering physician Dr. Ernest von Pohle, whose daughter Ellen Hardin cut the ribbon.

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is celebrating the reopening of its newly remodeled medical/surgical floor, a $412,000 renovation that includes 27 beds on an all-private-room floor.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell was joined in an opening observance by hospital administrator Jacob Golich, who dedicated the remodeled unit in memory of Dr. Ernest von Pohle. Von Pohle opened the original 10-bed Tempe Clinic Hospital in 1944.

Hospital officials say the remodel is focused on providing patient-centric care and an enhanced healing environment that offers greater privacy, reduced noise and disturbance.

The second floor, which provides a third of the hospital beds, will be staffed by hospitalists and up to six registered nurses caring for patients.

The first patients are expected to populate the floor beginning Monday, Dec. 7.

Tempe St. Luke’s is at 1500 S. Mill Ave.

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