Greenville Health System unveiled the first phase of a $32 million intensive care unit renovation Monday that will bring new technologies to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
The project, which is scheduled to be completed by June 2017, will include 15 new rooms and 46 renovated rooms, in addition to the 56 that already exist, bringing the total number of adult ICU beds to 117, officials said.
“As a tertiary referral center, Greenville Memorial provides highly specialized care to patients who suffer from a serious injury or illness,” said Paul Johnson, president of the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. “The newly remodeled ICU will allow us to continue delivering the high quality care we’re known for but in a more spacious and high-tech environment.”
The 75,000-square-foot unit will feature a variety of upgrades designed to improve patient outcomes and experiences, officials said. Among them are patient lifts, a soothing color scheme aimed at reducing seizures in patients with head injuries, and borrowed light, a concept that brings natural light to inner rooms, which has been shown to reduce stress and boost mood.
The project also will feature lifts to help get patients in and out of bed to facilitate their recoveries, and more room for family members.
“These design elements may seem small in nature,” said Dr. Catherine Chang, MD, chief medical officer for the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, “but they are actually very significant because ... family support and a soothing environment are both key to a patient’s recovery.”
The ICU houses a medical/surgical unit as well as neurological and trauma units to care for patients who’ve suffered strokes or other conditions and injuries. In the past five years, Memorial has seen trauma cases increase by 20 percent.
“The most common injury we see is blunt trauma from motor vehicle collisions and falls,” said Dr. Benjamin Manning, division chief of trauma for GHS.
“Strokes are also common. In fact, last year alone we admitted more than 1,000 stroke cases, and several hundred more patients received outpatient stroke care,” he said. “The good news is that this renovation ensures stroke and trauma patients continue to receive the highest quality care in a state-of-the-art environment with nurses and physicians specialized in their care.”