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Kansas City, Mo.— Lillibridge and Affiliates will begin construction on a 22,000-square-foot expansion in late September that will double the size of the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center..

“We have experienced tremendous growth over the past 18 months,” says David Ireland, CEO, Carondelet Heart Institute. “Since January of last year, we’ve grown from seven to 20 cardiologists serving the Heart Institute and we’re setting records in the number of procedures we’re doing. The expansion will allow us to operate more efficiently and to continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients.”

In addition to the growth in medical staff and procedures, new technologies contribute to the need for expansion. Earlier this year, the Carondelet Heart Institute became one of only two in the area using cardiacspecific PET imaging.

The new building will be an expansion to the existing St. Joseph Medical Building and in addition to the longterm lease agreement with CHI, it will provide office space for primary care physicians and other specialists on the third floor. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 30. It’s expected the construction will take 18 months to complete.

St. Joseph Medical Center is a 310-bed facility providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour emergency department to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. St. Joseph has earned the Magnet designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing services. The accredited Stroke Center at St. Joseph provides advanced treatments available at few centers in the Kansas City area and the Breast Center is a nationally recognized leader in breast MRI biopsy. Visit St. Joseph on the Web at