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Grand Opening

CalvertHealth Marks 100 Years of Caring with New Private Patient Rooms

After nearly two years of construction, CalvertHealth Medical Center welcomed patients and family members into all-private, medical and surgical rooms featuring a safe, calming environment to heal. The opening marked the completion of Phase 1 of the $51-million expansion and renovation project.

Phase 1 also included a substantial face-lift to the main level. The new space is home to the waiting area for same day surgery, the Steve and Sunny Keithley medical center lobby, the coffee bar, gift shop and chapel.

Renovations have already begun to convert existing double rooms on Levels 2 and 3 to private rooms. Plans also call for an inpatient dialysis unit to be added to the 2nd floor as well as a 14-bed observation unit. The final phase of the project is expected to be finished next year. For more information, visit CalvertHealthMedicine.org/ExpansionUpdates.

The Big Move

After months of detailed planning, patients were moved to private rooms beginning with Level 3, which houses the majority of the hospital’s surgical patients. Chief Nursing Officer Diane Couchman said, “It was an incredibly coordinated effort requiring the assistance of many departments and clinicians. We have a great team here and seeing how positively the patients are responding to the new rooms is very rewarding.”

And respond positively, they did. Each new, all-private room is equipped with a Centrella™ Smart+Bed, a large window to let in natural light, a 49-inch flat-screen TV, a safe in the closet and a sleeper bed for family members to use while supporting the patient’s healing process.

“From the initial design to the final furnishings, every decision was thoughtfully considered with the patient’s well-being in mind,” said President and CEO Dean Teague. He also stressed that patients do not pay additional costs for a private room nor any expense related to the project.

Alice Henson of St. Leonard was the first patient to be moved to the new patient rooms. “Welcome” gifts were provided to the first 10 patients who were moved.

Privacy a Huge Benefit

Level 3 Director Karen Gromacki, RN, BSN said one of the greatest benefits of the new space, in addition to the natural light and modern feel, is the privacy granted to the patients during multidisciplinary bedside rounding.

“Multidisciplinary rounding is the standard of care for patient-centered care. The new private rooms provide increased communication between the caregivers, the patient and their family members,” said Gromacki.

She went on to add, “Effective and efficient communication is invaluable for the delivery of quality patient care and allows the patient to participate in that care. The new patient rooms allow the team to do this at the bedside so that patients can be part of that conversation – and the discussions are now conducted in a much more private atmosphere.”
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