written by Brianna Dingess, Chamber Marketing Coordinator
On Monday, July 17, the Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Winter Haven Hospital's Emergency Department building. With a new facility and brand new, state-of-the-art equipment, Winter Haven Hospital has adopted a mantra of improved speed and efficiency. During the opening remarks, President of Winter Haven Hospital, Steve Nierman, shared with the crowd that this new building has doubled capacity of the Emergency Department, which will now have 63 private rooms. The Winter Haven Hospital Emergency Department treats approximately 60,000 patients annually. Of course, this expansion is just the first step. Once the Emergency Department has relocated, the existing ER will be renovated to add 14 rooms to observe emergency chest-pain/cardiac patients, 12 rooms for emergency psychiatric patients and an expanded sterilization processing center.
After the ribbon cutting, the staff at the Winter Haven Hospital took guests on tours of the new building, sharing details about new equipment, private rooms, color schemes, work space and the efficiency that this facility provides.
The first item on the tour was details on the new privacy/waiting rooms. This new feature added to the hospital gives patients the privacy and ability to get in and out quickly, while conveniently allowing doctors to start on paperwork and lab work. With these new waiting areas, patients won't be forced to wait out in the lobby for hours waiting on results, lab work or paperwork. Now, they will have the privacy and speed they need to be seen by the doctor and receive the direct information they need to complete their visit.
Vertical Bed Area
The next stop on the tour was the Vertical Bed Area (VBA). This area is for non-emergency patients, minor care patients or patients waiting on test results. Like a normal visit, nurses will get all necessary information from each patient in the VBA and begin testing according to the patients needs. This room will hold 12 recliners for patients to sit and wait for testing, test results and steps to move forward with appropriate treatment. There will be 9 of these rooms in the hospital to assist non-ermemgency patients effectively and with speed.
The next space that we viewed on the tour was the x-ray room. This room holds the latest generation x-ray machine that allows x-rays to appear immediately after being taken. Older x-ray machines have a longer process to get the internal images needed to take action, but this x-ray machine is the fastest of its kind. Once the photo is taken, it immediately appears on the computer. This speedy process allows the images to immediately be ready to send to the doctors so that the next steps can take place.
All of the rooms and equipment continue to show the goal of the hospital to provide quick and efficient care and this next stop on the tour is no different. The new facility is now housing two brand new CAT scanners that are two times faster than the normal rate! This scanner can gather all the required information it needs within a single heart beat. This opens up a new window of speed and efficiency for patients who require CAT scans and the doctors who operate them.
Last on the tour was the hospital's new work space. This new work space will allow doctors and nurses to work closely together to provide cohesive, quick and efficient care to all of their patients. While patients wait in the lobby, waiting room or Vertical Bed Area, doctors and nurses will be working together to gather information and dispatch it to the patients as quickly as possible. They will meet in this large, compact space, collect data or results and then go directly to the patient in their private waiting room to finish the visit. This again will allow the hospital to reach its goal of providing compassionate care with speed and efficiency.
Winter Haven Hospital is taking compassionate care to the next level. With 26 working spaces, 3 specialty rooms and a 9.3% increase in visitors, Winter Haven Hospital is becoming the perfect picture of what quality care and efficiency looks like. This new facility will provide nurses and doctors the space and equipment to provide Winter Haven with the best possibility health care possible.
See more pictures of the new facility and ribbon cutting festivities below!