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RNs Help Open New Era at Mercy Medical Center

The highly anticipated opening of Mercy Medical Center’s Mary Catherine Bunting Center on Dec. 19 in Baltimore ushered in a new era of patient services.

Because nurses played pivotal roles in the design of the 20-story, $400 million building, patients aren’t the only ones feeling special.

Christine Wagner, an RN on the progressive care unit, was chosen to serve on the Mercy transition team. Wagner was involved with intensive two-week training programs used to prepare nurses for the move to the new building.

“The floors were designed with the caregiver in mind,” she said in a story on Mercy’s website. “We now have ample space for charting, transporting patients and storage of medications and equipment. Also, the new technological tools will help us be more efficient.”

Photo by Patrick Ross
The new Baltimore facility features three eco-friendly rooftop gardens with impressive views of the city.

The facility was built thanks to the generosity of Bunting, a nurse-benefactor whose donation toward funding the facility was called “one of the largest private financial gifts ever to a community teaching hospital,” according to a Mercy news release in 2009.

The hospital has not disclosed the donation amount from Bunting, who retired as a CNP in 1996.

Among the technological highlights is a “Get Well” network, accessible from patients’ bedsides. The network allows patients to watch videos to assist with learning about a specific condition.

Mary Catherine Bunting

Nurses also carry personal communication devices that allow them to page physicians and communicate directly to patients.

The private patient rooms, nearly three times the size of the old rooms, feature access to a personal bathroom, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, personal safe, sofa with pull-out ottoman, built-in countertops and a separate nursing station.

Each room also has an observation window, which allows nurses to check on their patients’ status without entering the room.

Among the other features of the Bunting Center are:

• Fifteen large ORs with technological advances and the latest med/surg equipment.

• Buildingwide Wi-Fi access.

• The Chapel of Light, with 20-foot-high clear glass walls containing hundreds of opaque nuggets of a variety of colors. The chapel is available to people of all religions and faiths.

Photo courtesy of Mercy Medical Center
Nurses played key roles in Mercy’s transition into the 700,000 square foot facility.

• Three eco-friendly rooftop gardens.

• Four, 36-foot-tall illuminated light pillars in a garden outside the main lobby. The pillars, which glow green at night, are enscribed with the history of the 16 Sisters of Mercy who have served as president of the hospital since the sisters came to Baltimore in 1874.

By | 2020-04-15T13:57:19-04:00 February 7th, 2011|Categories: DC/MD/VA, Regional|0 Comments

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