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ED director shows off Vassar Brothers ED Annex to Iraqi visitors during tour

Ravaged by war, Iraq faces a glaring need to build new healthcare facilities. That need brought a contingent from Iraq’s health department to tour Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last month.
Vassar Brothers hosted Adeela Hammoud Hussein, the minister of health for Iraq, and her delegation July 13, for a tour of its ED Annex, a prefabricated addition to the hospital with an additional 16 emergency bays that opened in September 2014, according to a news relesae.
Among the tour guides was Vassar Brothers nurse Debora Snyder, MSN, RN, TNS, CEN, director of the ED.
“I was honored to be part of their experience,” Snyder told “We were able to show them a project that was completed in September 2014 that afforded us more capacity in the ED. Prior to September, many times patients were being placed in a hallway to deliver care and essentially we had outgrown our prior space. This addition allowed us to flow patients differently into the ED.”
The annex was built by Johnson Portables, a Michigan-based company that installs temporary medical facilities throughout the world, according the release.
Owner Brian Johnson was on hand for the tour with Hussein and Hassan H. Baker Al-Kazzaz, the director general for Iraq’s Ministry of Health. Johnson Portables has developed an adaptable, durable, portable building system that can be quickly deployed in a variety of situations, according to its website. The facilities have been erected in disaster areas such as Joplin, Mo., and Iraq needs such structures.
Snyder said she was able to tell the Iraqi delegation about the benefits of the facility for healthcare professionals.
“I was able to show them the clinical aspects of the addition, such as medical gases, call light systems, cardiac monitoring, and the simple things like electrical outlets and lighting,” she said. “Other components on a clinical aspect is that the wall material allowed for easier cleaning, which they indicated was a plus for infection control.”
Also among the tour guides were Vassar Brothers officials Tim Massie, senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Health Quest; Ann McMackin, vice president of administrative operations for Vassar Brothers; and Benjamin Disanto, assistant vice president of construction for Health Quest.
Hussein and Al-Kazzaz were in the U.S. for a visit to the United Nations, according to the release, and drove to Poughkeepsie to get a first-hand view of one of the prefabricated buildings.
“Our country is need of new medical facilities,” Al-Kazzaz said in the release.
“They asked all the right questions in regards to the utilization of this type of unit that was installed,” Snyder said. “They were pleased with the functionality it allowed. In addition, they were quite impressed that even though it is coming up on 10 months of use, it still looks brand new.”

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