New and improved patient rooms at NHRMC

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Phase one for New Hanover Regional Medical Center's renovation on the 9th and 10th floors is almost complete.

The floors will house the pulmonary/oncology unit and come with many new amenities like: private rooms, bedside computers, wireless internet, and decentralized nursing stations.

"When you're sick it's stressful, and when you can be in your own room, be with your family, watch the TV you want to, turn things off when you want to turn it off, and just be able to be quiet and rest," said NHRMC President & CEO Jack Barto. "Studies have shown that bit of tranquility has a positive impact on the healing process."

Hospital officials say the designs were made with both the patient and their family in mind.

"They have to be part of the treatment process here and they have to be educated so that they know what they need to do to go home," said Barto.  "So if they feel more welcome and more confident taking care of the patient at home, the chances that they're gonna follow their after care instructions are greater. That's a huge advantage."

When the renovations are complete, the patient tower will have 364 private rooms and 9 semi-private rooms.  The two floors will be open to patients at the end of June.

The patient tower is part of the master facility expansion and renovation plan approved by the Board of Trustees in August 2005.  The first two phases included the new Surgical Pavilion in June 2008 and the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital in September 2008.

The entire project is expected to be completed in December 2010.

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