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Sacred Heart Expands Critical-Care Capabilities

courtesy of Sacred Heart


Press Release: Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola has completed a $4.7-million renovation project to expand its capacity to care for critically ill patients. A former medical/surgical unit on the third floor of the main hospital has been renovated to create a new 12-room Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU).

The hospital has hired 29 critical-care nurses and continues to recruit for additional positions to staff the unit, which is adjacent to the hospital’s operating rooms and will be used primarily for surgical patients. The new Surgical Intensive Care Unit officially opens for patients on July 6.

“Our critical-care patient volume has increased so much that the need often exceeds our capacity,” says Deanie Lancaster, SHHP Chief Nursing Officer. The 12 new rooms expand the hospital’s critical-capacity to 40 ACCU beds.

“In designing the new rooms, we wanted to maximize the staff’s ability to visualize the patients and to create optimum accessibility of needed equipment and resources,” says Ginger Hawkins, Executive Director of Critical Care Nursing at SHHP.

To help provide visibility of critically ill patients on the U-shaped unit, closed-circuit video cameras in each room transmit real-time views of the patients to large monitors at the nursing station and substations. Abundant glass interior walls in each room allow physicians and staff to see the patients from adjacent workstations. Large digital clocks on the wall in each room are synchronized within the unit and are highly visible to physicians and staff who must document accurate timing of patients’ treatment. Workrooms between the two hallways were designed with glass windows on the doors to allow staff to see through from one hallway to the other.

The Surgical Intensive Care rooms are also pleasing to the eye – generously-sized and comfortably appointed with recliners and flatscreen TVs. Large exterior windows fill the rooms with natural light – many offering beautiful, serene views of the Meditation Garden below.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola’s award-winning critical-care team is ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation in 2011 for critical care by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

For more information about Sacred Heart Health System, please visit www.sacred-heart.org.