They may look like they belong in a posh hotel, but patient rooms on the second floor in the North Wing are fully equipped to handle a patient’s urgent needs at a moment’s notice.
Dubbed “2 North,” the wing features 22 patient rooms that run the perimeter of the building, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, and electronically operated shades.
Patients can decide whether they want the room completely dark, or allow a little light in through screens with just the push of a button.
All of the new single patient rooms include a private bathroom and a couch that makes into a sleeping area, so a family member can stay close and participate in the patient’s healing process.
The GetWellNetwork puts technology literally into the patients hands, whether they want to surf the Internet, watch tele-vision, learn more about their health condition or read up on the staff caring for them.
Nursing stations are conveniently close and video monitor techs are available when a patient is considered a fall risk, or needs extra monitoring.
To staff the new wing, Elizabeth Scott-Paulson manager of 2 North, teamed up with Human Resources to go on a hiring spree. In the end, 50 new nurses, CNAs and techs have stepped forward to form the first 2 North team.
“It’s wonderful to be able to create a team from scratch, but we needed to function from Day 1 as a team, and that doesn’t happen overnight,” said Elizabeth. “We brought everyone together over the summer for a number of team-building events and exercises, and had already formed a cohesive bond by the time we opened for patients on Oct. 1. We’re like family now, and ready to welcome our patients into a comforting and warm environment.”
“We’re like family now, and ready to welcome our patients into a comforting and warm environment.”
— Elizabeth Scott-Paulson