St. Joseph's New Surgical Tower Set to Open This Month

Sep 4, 2014

The ribbon was cut today on the new Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower at St. Joseph's Hospital.
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  A new $63 million surgical tower at St. Joseph’s Hospital is complete and ready to open later this month. The 104,000 square-foot addition features 110 private rooms with a view of Syracuse’s North Side Neighborhood. The hospital says research has shown private rooms create a healing environment that leads to people healing at a faster rate. Dr. Howard Zucker, the acting State Health Commissioner, says years ago, people’s senses automatically made them feel hospitals are not a place they would want to go visit.

“But the environment is so critical to the ability to provide for the tough times and the best of a tough time.” 

Christina Nappi spoke to us after she cut the ribbon for the new addition to St. Joseph's of a surgical tower that bears her name. She has spent a lot of time in the hospital over her lifetime.

Christina Nappi and her grandson, Justin, at the ribbon-cutting for the tower which bears her name.
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  “I had 6 children here, a few surgeries, and I’m still here and very grateful to be alive. And this hospital had a lot to do with it.” 

Nappi is a Cancer survivor and, incidentally, will celebrate her 80th Birthday tomorrow.  Her grandson, Justin Nappi, is a successful movie producer.

I think it’s something that’s going to live on forever. It’s something to give back to the community and to the people of Syracuse.” 

A nursing station in the new surgical tower at St. Joseph's Hospital.
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The new Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower has innovative technologies with rooms designed the same with nursing pods. St. Joseph's says they will lead to more open discussion with caregivers, patients and family members.