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Elmhurst Memorial unveils ‘patient-centered’ facility

The new hospital features private inpatient suites.

Units designed in 12-bed pods with nearly everything the staff needs easily accessible help make the new Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Hospital “a patient-centered healing environment,” according to Pamela Dunley, RN, vice president of patient care services, CNO.

The new facility opened June 25, when 100 patients were transported by ambulance from the old hospital building. A modern, 866,000-square-foot facility, the new Elmhurst Memorial features a state-of-the-art ED with private rooms, spacious surgical suites and up-to-date medical technology.

Dunley said that with the 12-bed pods, there no longer is a central nurses’ station. Each pod has six patient rooms on each side, with staff assigned to one pod.

Patients will be treated to spacious new suites, including this labor and delivery recovery room.

“When designing the units, we utilized what we call the ’90-5 rule,’ where 90% of what the staff needs is within 5 seconds of the patient,” Dunley said. “This has allowed our staff to spend more time with patients and enabled them to do real-time charting at the bedside.”

Dunley said the hospital has a family-friendly design, with family rooms for eating and watching TV, and family sleep rooms near units such as critical care, oncology and the family birthing/special care nursery.

“We want our patients and families to feel a sense of healing and comfort with many of the design features, including one wall in each patient room that is curved to keep the energy moving in the room,” Dunley said. “There are balconies on each floor to encourage patients, visitors and staff to enjoy outdoor spaces.

The bright, open lobby welcomes visitors to the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

“We also wanted to make sure our staff members have the opportunity to practice in an environment that supports the delivery of patient care while allowing them to work closely together in small teams.”

The original Elmhurst Memorial Hospital opened in 1926. A brick from the old building is among artifacts placed in a time capsule sealed inside a wall in the new facility’s main lobby.

Units designed with 12-bed pods allow the hospital to no longer use a central nurses’ station.

The capsule is to be opened for Elmhurst Memorial’s 150th anniversary in 2076.

By | 2020-04-15T12:58:31-04:00 September 12th, 2011|Categories: Greater Chicago, Regional|0 Comments

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