Hospital gets bigger and better

June 03, 2007|By Deborah A. Dramby | Deborah A. Dramby,Special to The Sun

If you haven't visited Carroll Hospital Center recently, you might want to know that the emergency department has relocated toward the front of the hospital, saving you the drive around the parking lot.

Three years ago the hospital underwent an $80 million renovation, during which the space formerly occupied by the emergency department was transformed into an award-winning outpatient center.

The ED doubled in size, and added televisions to every room in the 30,000-square-foot space. A five-story tower was built with the latest medical technology and efficient layouts.

The 210-bed private hospital sees about 55,000 patients a year -- about 150 a day.

With a growing number of in-house services, more patients are able to stay on site to receive care and treatment. More than 400 physicians representing 35 medical specialties treat wounds, run labs, conduct studies, and offer advice to patients and their families and friends.

The new tower has been built with a "pod station" layout: Instead of nurses having to travel through hospital corridors to retrieve supplies, storage cabinets can be found on either side of an open area that leads to two or three private rooms.

A computerized charting system keeps patient records close by and organized while displaying the heart rates of each patient. Doctors' notes are not yet done electronically, but they are scanned and available for reference.

The hospital also has a Patient Archiving Computer System, known as PACS, which keeps electronic copies of images such as X-rays and MRI scans available for viewing. The electronic records and pod stations keep hallway traffic and clutter to a minimum, creating a more restful environment.

For many, visits in the hospital do not require an overnight stay. The outpatient center welcomes patients seeking relief from chronic pain and illnesses, and offers an array of rehabilitation services.

The cardiac rehabilitation center has several pieces of cardiovascular exercise equipment.

The center also offers pulmonary rehabilitation, a wound center, an anti-coagulation clinic and hyperbaric chambers, and conducts diabetes research and sleep studies.

The Women's Place at Carroll Hospital Center is well-known in the community as a top cancer treatment center.

Not only does the center promise a new patient an appointment with a specializing physician within 24 hours of detection, the staff promises to be there every step of the way. A boutique selling wigs and prosthetics for patients undergoing therapy for cancer emphasizes the empathetic nature of this hospital wing. Educational and support programs take place right next to the 1,300-title library.

Rooms in the Women's Place are subleased to physicians so the center can provide more treatment options.

The same rooms double as screening rooms when the hospital conducts cardiac assessments to monitor cholesterol, glucose and body-fat screenings. The $20 service also includes EKG, blood tests, and height and weight screenings. Other popular services may be found in the health center, including massage therapy.

Specialized massage therapists offer pregnancy, mastectomy and cancer massage. Reflexology and acupuncture is also offered to complement treatments with a holistic approach to modern medicine.

The hospital's Family Birthplace was the site of 1,300 deliveries last year. The cozy birth rooms accommodate expectant mothers throughout the stages of their child's birth in a place that feels quite a bit like home.

Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum, known as LDRP, all take place in the room assigned to the expectant mom. Any one of the spacious units also accommodates newborns so that they can be close to mom and welcome visitors. For early arrivals, the special-care nursery monitors babies born as early as 32 weeks and will soon be able to house twice as many newborns than the six to eight it can take care of now.

The multifaith chapel and meditation center offers a place for solace during difficult times.

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