Osceola Regional expanding patient rooms and care
By Tiffanie Reynolds
To accommodate Osceola County’s expanding community, Osceola Regional Medical Center has opened a new patient tower to give better care in every area of its medical services.
The tower is an extension of the main hospital building, and will help to expand and separate the hospital’s medical departments. At a cost of $60 million, it holds three floors and 64 rooms for Neuro Sciences Intensive Care, cancer care, Orthopedics and Spine center and general intermediate care. It has been in construction since April 2012.
“We knew then, with the demographics, that we’re on course to meet the needs of the population. So, when we look at five year plans, we’re projecting where the growth is going to be and, of course, to meet the needs of the population,” Chief Executive Officer Robert Krieger said.
Moving the Orthopedic and Spine Center to it’s own floor gives patients the environment that they need, according to hospital officials. Along with the space, it also will be moved with a team of orthopedic, spine and neuro surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialized nurses, case managers and physical and occupational therapists.
Each room also is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and medical equipment, from beds to patient care. Each bed in each room comes with a call-out center attached for easy access when a patient needs help, and who can control the lights in the room and the bed. Additionally, each bed also comes with a pillow speaker to call nurses and the rooms are equipped with a laptop for nurses to easily access records and add any notes.
Unique to the Orthopedic and Spine Center is what Denise Bartlett, manger of the Orthopedic and Spine Center, calls a Responder Five. It’s a touch screen by the door of each room that staff can access. By touching the screen, a corresponding light will come on outside the room. This is to let the rest of the staff know who is in the patient’s room and that the patient is being cared for. The Responder Five also has a message system that a nurse or other hospital staff member can use to send reminders to their hospital-issued mobile phones. They are one of the first hospitals in the area to use this system.
“Nursing is very demanding, and anything that we can do to make them more organized, to increase our patient safety and satisfaction. Our goal is for people to have a positive experience when they’re here. Even if they are here for a problem that may not have a good outcome for them, we want to make sure when they leave here they can say that they were taken care of by a hospital that had the best technology,” Bartlett said.
The Neuro Sciences Intensive Care Unit also is equipped with Hillrom Total Care beds. These beds are designed specifically for patients with brain injuries and nervous system diseases. It can turn on its own, adjust to hold the patient’s height, adjust firmness of the mattress for patients with outside injuries, monitor the patient’s weight and sound an alarm if that weight changes, monitor vitals and even fold into a chair to give patients in the most critical condition some movement. The Neuro ICU, along with its partner department Neuro Step-down Progressive Care Unit, is the newest program for the hospital, as Osceola Regional Medical Center can now perform the necessary surgeries for those illnesses and monitor a patient through a complete recovery.
The construction for the tower began in April 2012, and became part of the hospital’s five-year plan because of the current and projected growth of Osceola County. With the hospital’s main building reaching capacity, and more than two medical departments on each floor, more room became necessary to continue to accommodate the residents in Osceola County, said Krieger.
The tower is projected to be in operation by the end of 2013. Along with the Orthopedic and Spine Center and Neuro ICU with Neuro Step-down PCU, a Medical Oncology Unit for the care of cancer patients also will be relocated to the tower before the end of 2013.