Construction is expected to begin this quarter on a new Intensive Care Unit, as well as a new Endoscopy Suite at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital in Oregon.
Like the existing unit, the new ICU will be located on the hospital’s second floor. “The unit will be built out on top of an existing roof,” according to Tom Borer, vice president of professional services at Bay Park. “The total space will be about 10,000 sq. ft., including renovation of some existing space and about 7,000 sq. ft. of new construction.” The unit will include eight patient rooms, which will be about 20 percent larger than current ICU rooms. One of the rooms will be designed to accommodate bariatric, or very obese patients. “It’s important that facilities adapt to accommodate a population of people who are getting heavier – from seating in waiting rooms, to the types of CAT scanners we buy, to the types of lift equipment we have to help us lift patients out of their beds for care,” Borer said. “We recognize it’s an issue that’s out there and we need to address it.”
The larger rooms will not only offer enhanced patient comfort, but will also more easily accommodate equipment needed to provide care for the hospital’s sickest patients.
“The patients that we are seeing in our ICU are sicker than we ever conceived of taking care of,” Borer said. “With sicker patients comes the need for more equipment and technology. Our rooms get very crowded when you bring in a ventilator, a dialysis machines and other support equipment, along with the patients themselves, the caregivers and family members.”
The new rooms will be equipped with ceiling-mounted patient lifts to assist hospital staff with moving patients. They will also include telestroke technology, which provides two-way visual communication between the ICU and neurologists and other experts in stroke treatment and care who are located at other ProMedica locations. “Telestroke offers patients access to specialists in a more timely manner,” Borer said. “This technology can also be used in other departments throughout the hospital, but it will be especially valuable in the ICU for treating stroke patients, because when it comes to strokes, time matters.”
The new ICU’s design will also improve visualization between nurses and patient rooms. “There will be a direct line of sight from the nurse’s station into each and every patient room,” Borer said. “Unfortunately, today, we don’t have that.”
The ICU project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.
The new Endoscopy Suite will be constructed in currently unused “shell space” on the hospital’s Garden Level, space that was built intentionally for future growth and expansion, Borer said. “
When construction is complete, estimated at some time in the second quarter of this year, endoscopy services will be relocated from the surgery area to the new 4,600 sq. ft. suite. “The area where services are currently offered can get very busy and is sometimes crowded,” Borer said. “Because the unit will be all self-contained, it will offer improved privacy for patients and more efficiency for the staff and physicians as they move patients during the course of their procedures.”
The suite will include 10 patient bays and space for three endoscopy rooms – one more than the hospital currently has. The new suite will serve patients who need colonoscopies, EDGs and bronchoscopies.
Though planning and development are well underway, the exact cost of the projects has yet to be finalized, Borer said. “Each of the projects is a multi-million dollar investment in the hospital, and really in the community,” he said.