Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Congressman Bill Owens and Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of CVPH cut the ribbon on the new progressive care unit at the hospital on Nov. 12.
CVPH Medical Center officially unveiled its newest renovation Nov. 12.
The new wing containing 22 private and health efficient rooms is located on the medical center’s fourth floor. It will open to patients Nov. 20.
The unveiling was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by CVPH medical staff, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Congressman Bill Owens and other community leaders.
The ribbon cutting ceremony comes at the end of two years of work to reconstruct the floor to better accommodate patients and allow for single occupancy rooms.
“We’re trying to get every patient in a private room,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of CVPH Medical Center. “Our goal is to have 97 percent of our rooms private rooms.”
The new wing has 22 rooms which are all private. The hospital is licensed to hold about 328 beds. Mundy said the floor will be part of a universal bed concept where the level of service changes to match the needs of patients.
“Patients will receive a variety of treatment. It won’t be for a certain demographic of patient,” Mundy said.
The rooms are equipped to facilitate the treatment needs of the patients for most of their length of stay.
“This is a phenomenal addition to the medical center,” Duprey said.
“This was a relatively old facility and there are all kinds of things that have changed in the last 20 years. Technology, the rooms and the floors were not structured to utilize the advancements in technology so that’s a huge increase in availability,” Owens said.
“People have gotten bigger over the past 20 or 30 years and so that I think is very important that these rooms were built larger to accommodate people more easily,” Owens said.
Being in a private room is also important to people, Owens said.
“I think it facilitates people to get well more quickly, and improves the service provided by nurses,” Owens said. “If you are in a double room, that means there are double the interruptions at night. If you’re in a room by yourself you’re interrupted much less often. I think for a whole lot of reasons this is really a big step forward for patients, staff at the hospital and the community.”
“It’s a phenomenal addition to a great medical center, I was here when they made a lot of the additions,” Duprey said. “This is just one more that’s bringing health care in the North Country to a new level. The private rooms are better, they are better mentally and physically, there is less chance of infection and people just get well quicker. That’s what it’s about.”
“These new rooms have so many hookups allowing procedures right in the room so they aren’t transporting. You know every time you take a patient out of the room and transport they are subject to infection or something happening, particularly for older people,” Duprey said.
The “R4” renovation project was funded with a $5.6 million grant from the New York State Department of Health’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY) which provides resources to uniquely situated hospitals and health care providers seeking to reconfigure business strategies and clinical services to better meet community health care needs.
Planning for this project began in 2011 with the implementation of a multidisciplinary design team including architectural/design services, patient representatives, CVPH facilities and support services, patient care operations, medical staff, nursing and construction management services. During the design process much attention was paid to patient safety, infection control and energy conservation with the goal to build a new patient environment that would meet the needs of patients and their families for years to come.
The project consisted of a complete floor to ceiling renovation of all systems supporting patient care on the 4th floor in the hospital’s R tower. lt’s a comprehensive re-build of that floor which began with asbestos abatement and demolition and resulted in a completely new, state-of-the-art patient care unit dedicated to Progressive Care and featuring: new, larger, private patient rooms, enhanced patient and family privacy, adjacent nurse work desks, improved visibility between patient and nurses, reduced unit noise, improved infection control measures, more efficient bed utilization, improved supply stocking points and increased storage capability, improved bathroom accessibility, fully integrated and upgradable technologies including telemetry capability.
Contractor Jeff Wringley of PC Construction said his crew began abatement last year and completely gutted the fourth floor of the medical center.
“We redid everything right from scratch,” Wringley said. “We would make sure four rooms on the floor below us were empty and reconstructed the floor literally four rooms at a time.”
The R4, as well as the R3 Progressive Care Unit, will also incorporate the universal bed delivery care model meaning that when a patient is admitted to Progressive Care level, and then downgraded, they will remain in the same room until discharge. This approach to care decreases the need for patient transfers which, ultimately, enhances patient safety and satisfaction. The new floor will open to patients on Nov. 20.
Mundy said over the next 10 to 15 years the hospital plans to renovate three of four more floors.