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Patients Will Soon Have More Privacy on Fourth Floor at Lutheran Hospital

All Adult Rooms in Facility Have Been Converted to All Private 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Friday, Oct. 5, 2012) – Lutheran Hospital’s extensive renovation project will soon reach yet another milestone this weekend when patients move to newly remodeled, all private adult patient rooms on the fourth floor. Approximately 50 patients will be moved Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Some patients will move from one section of the fourth floor to another, while others will move from the third floor medical surgical care units to the fourth floor’s medical surgical units.

“Physicians and medical staff believe patients benefit from private rooms because it affords better privacy for clinical care and maintains confidentiality related to the medical discussions that educate patients and their families,” Geoffrey Randolph, MD, chief medical officer, Lutheran Hospital. “A private room environment facilitates more focused care and patient satisfaction is improved overall.”

The updated floor now resembles the hospital’s new fifth floor with bright yet soothing colors. Carpet has been removed and replaced with tile throughout the floor to ease travel with mobility aides. The redesign is also more compatible with electronic medical record keeping and it improves patient flow by maximizing use of a visual map of the unit offering a real-time snapshot of room and patient status.

“Each element of Lutheran’s all private rooms centers around delivering a restful environment where healing is optimized,” said Lisa MacDonald, RN, executive director, neuroscience and med-surg services, Lutheran Hospital. “Overall, our new design focuses on noise reduction features, specially-designed bariatric patient rooms, and the addition of much needed storage to house the increasing amount of equipment that is needed to care for patients.”

Lutheran Hospital’s 58,649-square-foot fifth floor addition began in May 2010 and opened in December 2011, resulting in 96 new private patient rooms. At this point, only some pediatric patient rooms are yet to be converted to single occupancy. All renovations are on schedule to wrap-up by the end of 2012. Other recent renovations at Lutheran included updates to the Childbirth Suites, the neonatal intensive care unit, the cardiovascular intensive care unit and the inpatient oncology unit. An expansion and upgrade to the electrophysiology lab, where patients receive advanced cardiac care has also been completed as a peripheral part of ongoing renovations.

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