Novant Health Matthews Medical Center (formerly Matthews Presbyterian Hospital) will open its new fifth floor to patients on Sept. 27.
Several years in the making, the $19 million addition adds 23 new beds, bringing the total to 137, including three for hospice and palliative care.
Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Health Mathews, said recently that the new 26,000-square-foot space will make it easier for patients because intensive-care and intermediate-care beds will be on the same floor.
Currently (the intensive-care unit) is on the third floor, and intermediate care is on the fourth. Now they will both be on the fifth floor and the transition for patients between the two will be seamless, Bibeau said.
The fourth floor will be used for surgical and postpartum patients.
The hospitals newest floor features cutting-edge technology and practices including nurse servers closets outside every few rooms that are stocked with linens, medications, syringes and other items a patient may need. Having those items close by means a nurse can spend more time at the bedside.
A patient lift system can be used in each room by bringing in a small piece of equipment that attaches to a track in the ceiling and lifts patients via a sling and straps. The device can lift up to 750 pounds.
Rooms contain equipment booms hung from the ceiling with all standard equipment such as blood pressure cuff and heart monitors attached to keep everything in one place and out of the way. All fifth-floor rooms have computers installed to run the Dimensions Acute software to allow nurses access to computerized patient records and the ability to update those records at the bedside. That system will go live in March.
Bibeau said between nurses and support staff, theyve added about 20 employees to staff the new floor.
Now that construction is finished, he said parking issues should be alleviated somewhat as the Myers parking lot, named for former Matthews Mayor Lee Myers, will be reopened.
Other parking lots also have been tagged with familiar Matthews names such as the Cotton Gin lot, the Massey Clark lot, the Stumptown lot, the Iron Horse Trading Post lot, and the Reid lot.
There also are other changes.
Last Monday they opened new rehabilitation space for cardiac, pulmonary, oncologic and bariatric patients.
This winter, Bibeau said, they plan to move the Urgent Care services to the old Blockbuster site at the intersection of Sam Newell Road and U.S. 74. Existing services at the hospital will expand into the current Urgent Care space.
And Novant isnt finished building in the eastern part of the county. Bibeau said the planned Novant Health Center near Mint Hill on Albemarle Road is still on the books to open in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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