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5 SW Returns to 'Open Friendly' Remodel

Physician Input Led to Improvements in Patient Rooms and Nurses Stations

South Tower units are trading spaces.

During the 10-month renovation of 5 SW, Medical GI called the sixth floor home. As of Sept. 23, the GI patients and staff were back to their old-but-improved digs.

"It is much cleaner looking," said Peiman Berdjis, M.D., about the upgrades. "The setting is much nicer."

Robert Vos, Nurse Manager for 5 SW GI and 5 SE Pulmonary, cited the new medication room and improvements to the conference and utility rooms as positives for staff, saying the changes promote better flow.

"The biggest improvement is the open, friendly design of the nursing station, which allows for more interaction with physicians and other staff members, as well as patients and visitors," Vos said. At the same time, the layout provides the privacy necessary to protect confidential patient information.

Jon Whitney, Senior Project Coordinator for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, said they took staff and physician requests into consideration when doing the renovation.

"We wanted to create a nurse station that gave staff new and improved functionality," Whitney said.

During the move on Sept. 23, nearly two dozen patients were transferred to their brand-new rooms on 5 SW. Medical Pulmonary 5 SE - which had its patients moved to 6 SE on Sept. 25 - is up next for a makeover. After that, the fifth-floor units in the North Tower will get a facelift

All physicians, patients and families were given letters in advance explaining how the moves would work.

The ongoing patient room renovation project started in 1997 and includes new finishes and furniture, new drapes, flooring and updated ceramic tile in patient bathrooms. New ceilings, wall protection and vinyl flooring grace the corridors. Each patient room also features a 32-inch flat-screen TV, Whitney said.

Renovations have already started on 6 SE on the site of the former Procedure Center, which is being converted to six isolation rooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.