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Finger Lakes Health News 2014
GGH Project Moves Forward; New ICU Now Open
The Geneva General Hospital (GGH) modernization/expansion project is moving toward the finish line, with several new areas now open, including the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and plans progressing for an opening celebration on January 11.
The project – “Journey to the Best”, is transforming the physical plant at Finger Lakes Health’s Geneva campus with the addition of 106,000 square feet of new construction and 45,000 square feet of renovated space.
“Journey to the Best” is focused on four key priority areas that will enhance the patient experience and help Finger Lakes Health achieve the goal of “Being the best health system of our size, in the United States”.
The four priority areas are:
• 100% Private Patient Rooms
• New, Expanded Emergency Department
• New, Leading-Edge Operating Rooms
• New, Larger Intensive Care Unit
Completed areas, in addition to the new Emergency Department, which opened in June, include:
• The connector between GGH and the Medical Office Building opened October 29.
• The drive-through canopy for drop off and pick up of patients at the new Emergency Department on Mason Street opened for use on November 25. The new Emergency Department opened in June.
• The renovated Main Lobby at Geneva General, off North Street, opened for use November 25. Patients and visitors now use the original main entrance doors to enter the hospital. Outpatient registration and other services can be accessed through the lobby.
• The new 14-bed Intensive Care Unit opened December 10.
• On December 17, the new Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging area opened. This is adjacent to the new Emergency Department in the space previously occupied by the old Emergency Department. The space includes a new CT scanner and digital radiology equipment.
The new Intensive Care Unit nearly triples the square footage of the former ICU from 6,500 to 16,000, providing space for patients, the staff who cares for them, specialized equipment, and a comfortable area for family members to be close to their loved ones. The space offers serene surroundings designed specifically for this critical time of healing.
Based on medical advancements, increased longevity and changes in healthcare delivery and population, there continues to be an increase in the volume of critically ill patients requiring hospitalization throughout the U.S. Geneva General too has seen an increase in the number of patients requiring intensive care. Having a state-of-the-art unit devoted to the delivery of this level of care is vital.
The new ICU provides 14 private rooms, including 12 critical care patient rooms and 2 critical care isolation rooms, to meet the growing volumes, as compared to 10 critical care rooms in the previous ICU. The additional space the unit provides for patients and family within each room enables a comfortable environment in which patients and family members can be together as well as have private discussions with physicians and other caregivers.
“When patients are the most critically ill, they are cared for in our Intensive Care Unit. In the ICU, a team of specialized nurses delivers care to patients who required complex assessment and monitoring, high-intensity therapies and interventions, along with continuous nursing. The more critically ill the patient is, the more likely he or she is to be vulnerable, unstable, and complex, needing intense and vigilant nursing care. It is a real strength for our community to have an increased number of ICU rooms and additional space to deliver this vital level of care, close to home, enabling us to support patients and families locally during these critical times,” explained Cindy Ross, RN, ICU Nurse Manager.
The new Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging Department, located in the former Emergency Department space, features upgrades to enhance efficiencies including a reduction in imaging time and viewing capabilities. New equipment includes a 128-slice CT scanner, a full field digital radiology x-ray room, and a fully digital portable x-ray unit, as well as additional ultrasound capabilities.
Still to come are opening of the new Surgical Services Department, the Central Processing space to serve the new OR and other departments, and the new inpatient unit for surgical patients.
The new Surgical Services Department, slated to open in mid-January, nearly doubles the size of the current Surgical Services Department at GGH and will address the need for space to accommodate the most advanced surgical equipment.
The new Operating Rooms at Geneva General will complement the Finger Lakes Surgery Center, the stand-alone ambulatory surgery facility operated by Finger Lakes Health on Pre-Emption Road, Geneva. Finger Lakes Surgery Center will continue to offer a wide range of outpatient procedures at the Pre-Emption Road location, which opened in the fall of 2005 and is designed for procedures with a three to four-hour length of stay.
When the GGH capital project began, 32% of the beds at Geneva General were in private rooms. All 132 beds (100%) will be in private rooms upon completion of the project.
The opening of 3 North, slated for early February, will provide 20 private rooms for surgical patients on the third floor of the new building. Patient rooms in existing units – 2 West and 3 West, will be renovated into all private rooms following completion of the other portions of the project.
For more information on the project, and to follow the changes and progress on the Geneva campus, visit our website at www.flhealth.org/journeytothebest.
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