– Deaconess Midtown Hospital will be renovating two of their current Intensive Care Units (ICUs) as part of a $12 million reinvestment in the health system’s original hospital.
Currently, Deaconess Midtown Hospital has three ICUs. This renovation project entails renovating current 3800/3900 spaces, combining the teams from units 2900/3900 into one ICU, and relocating the visitor waiting room. (Unit 4800, the trauma/cardiovascular ICU, was renovated 10 years ago; those 22 rooms are not included in the remodeling plan.)
“These ICUs were last renovated in 1994,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO, Deaconess. “Since then, medical equipment has become larger and more complex. Patient and family expectations have changed, with family members desiring to be in the room with their critically-ill loved ones around the clock. These renovations will make the rooms more spacious and welcoming to families.”
Plans for the project were made in consultation with front line team members, leadership, and physicians from critical care, surgery, trauma, cardiology, neurology, and nephrology, as all of these specialties provide care for ICU patients.
Key details about the renovation include:
- Expanding the size of each individual patient room, for the additions of larger medical equipment, improved supply storage, and creating seating and space for families.
- Modernizing staff work areas and nurses’ stations.
- Combining two separate ICUs into one, helping with overall staffing and improving efficiencies by preventing providers and ancillary staff from going back-and-forth between the separate units.
The area being renovated is nearly 27,000 square feet, and the project will take place in phases. The first phase, creating a new waiting room, began earlier in May. The next phases will follow in the coming months, with planned completion by summer 2023.