An entire floor of the new Heart Hospital at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., recently was dedicated by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute medical staff, associates and administrators. The opening of the new 60-bed unit marks the completion of the first of four phases in the construction of the first dedicated heart hospital in the nations capital, according to a news release.
The new 35,000-square-foot fourth floor features private and semi-private patient rooms with the latest technological monitoring devices and equipment. The design includes extensive allowances for natural light, state-of-the-art nursing stations, a family consultation room and a multipurpose room.
We are enhancing both the environment and the model of care for our cardiovascular patients, Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, said in the release. This new facility and its structure will allow patients with similar medical issues to be together on single-care units that have dedicated teams of cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners and nurses to more efficiently deliver the highest quality cardiovascular care.
Once all phases of construction are completed, the hospital will consolidate all cardiovascular care in the hospital centers north addition, covering more than 160,000 square feet. The 164-bed facility is slated to be completed in spring 2016.
This new facility will increase our ability to care for an ever-growing population in need of expert cardiovascular care with the latest in medical technology while continuing to pursue our goal of advancing the science and practice of cardiovascular medicine and surgery, Seides said in the release.
Phase II of the extensive renovation and construction project has begun, which will include a new entrance for the hospital. Subsequent phases will include three additional full floors that will feature a consolidated outpatient clinic, larger cardiovascular intensive care rooms, satellite echo labs and co-located noninvasive cardio-diagnostic services, according to the release.