At the January Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a $2 million building project to remodel and reorganize HMH’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) in order to make the rooms private. The PCU includes some of the few remaining semi-private rooms at the hospital.
“Our patients deserve private rooms that allow for optimal rest and healing as well as space for visitors and personal belongings,” said Steve White, Assistant Vice President of Operations. “This project will relocate 16 beds to another area of the hospital and will be completed by the end of 2020.”
Currently, HMH’s PCU is a transitional floor that cares for medical and surgical patients whose needs are not serious enough for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but are too complex for a regular hospital floor. Today, the department has 34 beds – two are private and 32 are semi-private.
Sharon Wright, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, added that the current PCU and its semi-private rooms also cause disadvantages for caregivers.
“The Progressive Care Unit’s high volume coupled with the small semi-private rooms creates unique challenges for nurses and staff providing care,” Wright said. “This renovation will help improve efficiency and employee morale too.”
Also during the meeting, Dr. Juston Pate, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) President and CEO, was in attendance to present the HMH Board of Trustees with a Philanthropic Award for their investment in the college. At the October HMH Board of Trustees meeting HMH presented a $100,000 donation to support the University Center at ECTC.
“ECTC has long been critical to HMH’s success. The new University Center will help even more HMH team members advance their careers,” said Wright, who also serves as the University Center Campaign Committee co-chair. “HMH is growing rapidly and the only way we can continue to deliver high quality healthcare is to recruit and retain a well-trained workforce.”