Mercy Memorial Health Center’s new patient tower, scheduled to open Sunday, will not only provide private rooms to every patient, it will also allow more time at the bedside for both family members and nurses.


Mercy Memorial Health Center’s new patient tower, scheduled to open Sunday, will not only provide private rooms to every patient, it will also allow more time at the bedside for both family members and nurses.

 

The new $60 million facility brings not only a high tech, all-digital hospital to southern Oklahoma, but allows medical professionals to provide a higher quality of care.

 

“This new patient tower is much more than bricks and mortar,” said Rhonda Hanan, MMHC chief nursing officer. “Every facet of it was designed to provide better patient care.”

 

The tower features a new nurse pod design that allows nurses to be closer to patients at all times. How?

 

MMHC officials said traditionally hospitals have placed nursing stations at one end of a long hall and that single station usually serves about 15 rooms The pod layout, changes the traditional concept by putting a nursing area in the center of a circle of six or seven patient rooms. The result of the design is that nurses will be able to spend more time at the bedside.

 

Patients in the new tower will also be able to directly call their nurse’s wireless phone with the press of a button. Instead of linking to one central desk, call buttons connect directly to wireless phones carried by the nurses and allows them to respond more quickly to any patient needs or requests.

 

“The new nurse call system will also send reminders to our nurses to remind them it’s time to reassess the patient’s pain level 45 minutes after pain medication has been given,” Hanan said.

 

In addition, Mercy Memorial’s pharmacy and laboratory will have the ability to respond much more quickly with a pneumatic tube system transporting laboratory samples and medication across the hospital at light speed. Previously, lab samples and medications had to be hand carried between nursing units and the pharmacy and lab.

 

And while the tower features the latest in technology and patient care, a friendly family environment is also a primary goal.

 

The tower is created to welcome family members and patient’s rooms are equipped so one family member can stay overnight.

 

The new 180,000-square-foot patient tower includes more than 150 private rooms, a women’s health center,  new and improved intensive care units, as well as more parking and a new entrance.

 

Other features of the new tower include:

An integrated electronic health record reducing the chance of medical errors. EHR provides more reliable lab and X-ray results with a quicker turnaround; less chance of duplicating expensive imaging and other tests; drug interaction alerts; and the ability for multiple medical personnel to access a patient’s chart at the same time. Room service meals. Patients will select meals from a restaurant-style menu and choose what time they want to eat.

 

“We are focused on the needs of our patients and their families,” said Mindy Burdick, president of Mercy Memorial Health Center.

 

“We will continue to provide compassionate care, but wired with new technology and a new work flow, our physicians, nurses and other caregivers are better equipped to provide a higher quality of care.”