Hospital to open 34-bed nursing unit Suites included for terminally ill

April 01, 1993|By Staff Report

Carroll County General Hospital will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to introduce a new medical-surgical nursing unit.

The 34 beds in the third-floor unit replace a 24-bed unit and bring the hospital's total to 158.

The unit includes two suites where terminally ill patients can be kept comfortable without aggressive efforts to "cure" them.

Hospital officials have said that hospice patients will not be subjected to unnecessary procedures.

Staff members will be available during the open house to describe the unit. Refreshments will be served.

The unit cost an estimated $700,000 to build.

The hospice suites will allow patients to be kept comfortable and "to be at peace in a beautiful place," Julie A. Flaherty, executive director of Carroll Hospice, said earlier.

Many terminally ill patients can die at home, but some have medical conditions that require hospital care, or sometimes the family becomes too tired or frightened to help, Ms. Flaherty said.

The suites overlook the Carroll County Farm Museum and contain small private visiting areas adjacent to patients' rooms.

The visiting areas are furnished with a sleep sofa for a friend or family member to stay overnight and contain an area where the patient's favorite foods can be stored and heated.

Carroll County General is launching a fund-raising drive to pay for the unit.

Hospital spokeswoman Gill Chamblin said the hospital also drew on its 1989 capital campaign fund to meet the cost of construction.

The third-floor area that contains the new unit has been unoccupied since the hospital's patient tower was completed in 1990. The second floor contains a critical-care and progressive-care unit for heart attack patients.

A psychiatric unit is on the fourth floor.

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