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St. Mary Medical Center Opens New Surgical Recovery Units

New Design Enhances Privacy and Comfort

LANGHORNE, Pa., April 26, 2012 – St. Mary Medical Center recently opened brand new, beautifully designed Patient Care areas for patients scheduled to have surgery, and for those recovering from a surgical procedure. The 10,000 square-foot redesign includes new Pre-Op, Post-Op and PACU (post anesthesia care unit) areas, as well as a spacious new family reception and physician consultation room.

The opening of the patient-care surgical areas completes Phase II of a comprehensive Operating Room expansion project at St. Mary. Phase I was the addition of new state-of-the-art Endovascular Neurosurgery and Operating Suites, which opened in October 2011, and Phase III, expected to be complete in early 2013, will add four spacious and completely new Operating Suites. The expansions are needed to accommodate increases in patient volume, provide larger rooms to accommodate advances in technology and improvements in patient comfort and privacy.

Where previously, Pre- and Post-Op areas had curtain separations, the new areas have individual private rooms, each with advanced patient-monitoring technologies, computer documentation stations and a room thermostat. Radiant heat lamps also are available by each bedside to provide additional comfort to patients preferring a warmer temperature.

In addition to patient amenities, the new design also helps to reduce noise on the units, and convenient access to the operating suites serves to improve patient flow, says Karen Benedict, RN, Director of Surgical Services at St. Mary.

“The patients love it,” adds Benedict. “And my nurses tell me that they feel they can deliver better nursing care in such a well-designed and uplifting environment. Even the floor has more cushioning, which is a small thing, but it makes it easier on everyone’s feet.” The PACU, which treats patients immediately following surgery, increased from 12 to 17 beds and has the flexibility to better serve the different levels of patient acuity or nursing-care requirements as patients recover from the effects of anesthesia.

Overall the attractive design and improved accommodations of the Pre- Post-Op and PACU areas serve to increase patient satisfaction and improve the culture of care at St. Mary.