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November 13, 2013

CVPH unveils new Progressive Care Unit

PLATTSBURGH — The new Progressive Care Unit at CVPH Medical Center was designed to provide patients with the utmost in clean, quiet care for more rapid healing. 

Hospital officials offered reporters a look at the new fourth-floor rooms Tuesday morning. The 22 spacious, state-of-the-art private rooms are part of a $5.6 million renovation project.

Patients are expected to move to the new rooms starting Nov. 20. Once they are full, 97 percent of the rooms at the hospital will be private.

“This is opening a new phase for our hospital,” said CVPH President and CEO Stephens Mundy.

BASIS FOR CHANGE

The project included drilling through the floor and ceiling to install new infrastructure, which is now in place for improvements on other floors.

Associate Vice President of Support Services Chris Booth said it was a complicated project, mainly due to rebuilding the mechanical systems not only on R-4 but other floors in that part of the hospital.

The fourth floor now has 22 rooms, down from 29 before work commenced. With another 27 Progressive Care beds on the third floor, there are now 49 beds in that unit, which is the first step down from Intensive Care.

As patients move into the new rooms, it will reduce the number of patients on the hospital’s other floors. CVPH will have only three shared rooms once the new unit is full, Booth said.

FEWER TRANSFERS

The rooms measure around 160 to 190 square feet, up from 120 to 160 square feet previously. Booth said the smallest room is about the same as the largest room on any other floor, so there is more room for family and other visitors.

Patients will now be able to remain in the same room as they are downgraded from Progressive Care, so the number of patient transfers is expected to drastically decline.

The hospital averaged about 22,000 patient transfers a year in the semi-private-room system; being moved can create stress for patients.

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