continued “It’s a phenomenal addition to a great medical center, I was here when they made a lot of the additions,” Duprey said. “This is just one more that’s bringing health care in the North Country to a new level. The private rooms are better, they are better mentally and physically, there is less chance of infection and people just get well quicker. That’s what it’s about.”
“These new rooms have so many hookups allowing procedures right in the room so they aren’t transporting. You know every time you take a patient out of the room and transport they are subject to infection or something happening, particularly for older people,” Duprey said.
The “R4” renovation project was funded with a $5.6 million grant from the New York State Department of Health’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY) which provides resources to uniquely situated hospitals and health care providers seeking to reconfigure business strategies and clinical services to better meet community health care needs.
Planning for this project began in 2011 with the implementation of a multidisciplinary design team including architectural/design services, patient representatives, CVPH facilities and support services, patient care operations, medical staff, nursing and construction management services. During the design process much attention was paid to patient safety, infection control and energy conservation with the goal to build a new patient environment that would meet the needs of patients and their families for years to come.
The project consisted of a complete floor to ceiling renovation of all systems supporting patient care on the 4th floor in the hospital’s R tower. lt’s a comprehensive re-build of that floor which began with asbestos abatement and demolition and resulted in a completely new, state-of-the-art patient care unit dedicated to Progressive Care and featuring: new, larger, private patient rooms, enhanced patient and family privacy, adjacent nurse work desks, improved visibility between patient and nurses, reduced unit noise, improved infection control measures, more efficient bed utilization, improved supply stocking points and increased storage capability, improved bathroom accessibility, fully integrated and upgradable technologies including telemetry capability.