09/20/2006

City Hospital Expands Critical Care Bed Capacity

 

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – City Hospital officials recently announced the expansion of the hospital’s critical care unit (CCU) from an 8 to 12-bed unit.  The expansion, which began in late 2005, was completed in two phases with the opening of the final beds last week

According to Michael Groves, RN, vice president of nursing at City Hospital, the driving force behind the expansion was the need in the community. “Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increase in the demand for critical care beds,” Groves said, adding that there has been a significant increase in the number of times that the CCU has been full and patients have been held in the emergency department waiting for a CCU bed.

City Hospital was able to complete the CCU expansion within existing space by relocating the dialysis unit to another area of the hospital.  Equipment purchases such as beds, ventilators and cardiac monitors were a necessary part of the expansion project.

“Additional registered nurses have joined the staff to provide care for the growing number of patients,” Groves said.  The new12-bed unit has already reached capacity during its first full week of operation.

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For more information:
Contact: Teresa McCabe, 264-1223
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
TM:09-20-06

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