We have taken an important step into the future, launching a project to build state-of-the-art emergency care, new operating rooms, new ICU's and 110 private patient rooms.
Last January we opened the new emergency room. It has been a resounding success. Staff and patients feel the environment and private rooms, reduction in noise, and overall flow have improved care. As I was rounding yesterday, a gentleman told me his wife had been so pleased with her ED experience, but then was moved to the observation center over the ED. She liked that even better! His words included: caring, quiet, professional, didn't feel like a hospital.
This week we dedicate the next phase of the project, new surgical suites and a new central sterile. Today I toured these new operating rooms and central sterile and our facilities, nursing, support services staff and physicians have done it again. They deserve all the credit for this project. For five years they have planned, visited multiple hospitals to learn from their experiences, pulled apart drawings, mock-up rooms and room setups. Now transition teams are meeting, sometimes at 6 a.m. to make sure when we do that first case, all goes well.
I am not sure how to thank everyone involved. From King and King Architects, to Hayner Hoyt Construction and KBE Building Corporation to the many business construction partners, we are ahead of schedule and below budget, and the rooms are first class!
The facilities leadership and staff has coordinated and executed multiple moves, decisions and a few last minute changes.....we have one of the best teams in the country.
To the Foundation staff who has raised $15 million to date, and continues to secure naming gifts for all the operating rooms and new patient rooms.
Saturday I saw rooms with state-of-the-art equipment, cameras for teaching and remote communications, ceiling mounted anesthesia machines, and a central sterile system that automates much of the work. It is based on best practice, to create a great patient experience and the best outcomes possible.
Today when our board and the community tours these state-of-the-art facilities, please know that the story of this building is the hard work that was done by hundreds of physicians, nurses, employees and partners.
On behalf of the patients who will benefit, thank you .