McLeod facility set to open
In just a few short weeks, McLeod Regional Medical Center will officially open the doors on a new four-story building that will serve as home to a new emergency and trauma department, an endoscopy and recovery area, a neonatal intensive care unit, and a women’s services emergency department.
The new facility is designed to improve the timeliness of care available to emergency and trauma patients, seeking life-saving treatment at the facility, according to a McLeod press release.
“We are excited to be opening in a couple of weeks,” said Will McLeod, administrator vice president.
The new facility will provide for an increase in capacity, allowing for improvements in the flow of patient care and efficiency, and support easier access for patients and families, McLeod said.
Vice President of Patient Services Emily Adams said when designing the spaces they tried to see the hospital experience through the eyes of the patient. She said it is evident in every detail.
Adams said the new facility will offer not only the latest in technology but a more efficient flow with quicker access to operating rooms.
McLeod’s current emergency department was designed to serve 50,000 patients per year and has experienced rapid growth in the number of patients cared for annually, according to McLeod. He said last year the emergency department served more than 80,000 patients.
The new building features an emergency and trauma department on the first floor, an advanced endoscopy and recovery area on the second floor, a neonatal intensive care unit on the third floor, and a women’s services with postpartum suites on the fourth floor.
The new emergency department is designed to serve 109,500 patients per year and includes 44,316 square feet. It has 81 patient rooms; triage rooms for immediate patient evaluation; designated trauma rooms; larger patient rooms to accommodate family members; a pharmacy; its own lab and radiology located in the department for quick access.
Neonatal Intensive Care
The NICU expansion includes 48 private rooms to provide rooming-in opportunities for families, and adjoining rooms for families with twins or multiple babies, allowing them to move freely between each room. The nurses’ station is open with easy access and visibility to patient rooms.
The new women’s services department is designed for the comfort and convenience of the patient. The warm and inviting environment encourages families to bond after welcoming their baby into the world and helps women recover following GYN surgeries. The 40 new spacious OB/GYN suites feature bathrooms with enhanced safety accessibility features such as walk-in showers.
The advanced endoscopy and recovery area is equipped with the latest technological advances to evaluate and treat patients. The area includes 25 endoscopy rooms, 20 transitional rooms, and 15 procedure rooms.
The new women’s services department is designed for the comfort and convenience of the patient. The warm and inviting environment encourages families to bond after welcoming their baby into the world and helps women recover following GYN surgeries.