Date: 6/8/2009

Community Hospital extends number of Private Rooms to include Telemetry unit

Features of the new floor plan include a spacious, contemporary nurses’ station with new computer monitors.

Community Hospital in Munster has added 26 more private patient rooms on the second floor of the West Pavilion that opened Monday, July 6 to cardiac patients in need of specialized monitoring. Following the relocation of oncology care in February to the fifth floor with private suites, the second floor has been renovated to accommodate a new cardiovascular-intermediate care unit (CV-IMCU). The new private rooms create a home-like atmosphere for patients and make family members more comfortable with amenities considered to be the latest, most advanced, state-of-the art technology.

“Our patients are those who have had cardiac or vascular related events or interventions and need monitoring and additional care before discharge,” says Shannon Zlajic, nurse manager of 2 West. “Our goal is to create a streamlined admission/discharge process for our cardiac patients while optimizing their recovery and getting them home sooner.”

The new CV-IMCU incorporates advanced technology to help deliver faster results and better care. Features of the new floor plan include a spacious, contemporary nurses’ station with new computer monitors and two secretary stations for ancillary assistance. Each of the rooms is equipped with technology that can detect conditions affecting the heart’s function. Data is displayed on the monitors in the nurses’ station providing a quicker assessment of a patient’s condition and ease of communicating updates to their cardiologist and primary care physician.

A built-in tube system enables staff to send tissue and blood samples to the laboratory for analysis, rather than having to transport samples by foot, getting results much sooner. The tube system also relays medicines from the Pharmacy to the nurses’ station for convenience.

“We understand that our patients want a hospital that can cater to their needs for privacy, be able to deliver care as efficiently and as conveniently as possible and provide ample accommodations for their visitors,” says Donald P. Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital. “This project is another example of our commitment toward making hospital and hospitality synonymous by delivering the finest service to our patients.”

Designed to be soothing and organic, the rooms are decorated in tones of sage green, chestnut, goldenrod and cream. A comfortable sofa with built-in storage unit, desk area, sink and flat screen television are modern, upscale accommodations that complete every room. The sofa folds down into a bed to accommodate an overnight guest. Each room has a spacious, glass-tiled bath area with a shower that rivals the comfort and convenience found in luxury hotels.

“The colors on the room walls and hallways are calming and soothing, creating an environment which will help our patients heal and be welcoming to those who visit,” Zlajic says.

There is also a similarly appointed family meeting room where doctors can speak in private with relatives and friends to answer questions concerning their loved one.

The new CV-IMCU floor on 2 West is the third phase of a $10 million expansion project to provide additional private patient rooms at Community Hospital. A $5 million expansion of the hospital Family Birthing Center was completed in September of 2008, with all new private room accommodations for moms and their babies. Earlier this year, an Inpatient Oncology unit on the fifth floor and a medical/surgical unit on the sixth floor featuring 52 new private rooms in total opened to patients and their visitors.

To date, an estimated 40 new jobs, nursing and support staff, have been created with the opening of the expanded units on the fifth and sixth floors of the hospital. With the addition of the new CV-IMCU floor on 2 West, several other positions in various areas of responsibility are now available. To find out more about the career opportunities with Community Hospital in Munster — or its sister hospitals: St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart — visit our web site at