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UVa Medical Center Unveils New Unit

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

March 23, 2007

This new unit is both medically advanced and state of the art, complete with 20 private rooms, that will provide 24/7 service.

Patients admitted to this unit are those whose stay will last less than 24 hours; a short stay unit that hospital officials say has been long awaited.

“In the last five years, with the addition of this unit, we would have added 95 beds to our staffing component, over the last five years, so that's a pretty sizable increase,” said R. Edward Howell, Vice President and CEO of the medical center.

He also says this increase is due to the large amount of patients who want to seek them for care.

Howell said, “We're able to enhance the patient satisfaction, we have a special place for them, make sure that we focus on their care needs, that's unique to this patient population, and so it improves the quality of care.”

Much of these improvements are evident in the state of the art medical equipment in place in each room.

Nurses say each room will provide both comfort and safety.

“In case a patients turns out to be critically ill, we can turn this room into an intensive care unit,” said Malliga Ravindar, a registered nurse in the short stay unit.

Doctors say this new unit is important to make sure every patient who visits UVa gets the kind of care they need.

“More and more hospitals are becoming full, and this leaves more space for inpatients to come in, both from the clinic, in the ER and transferred from the outside hospitals,” said Dr. Robyn Boedefeld, medical director of the short stay unit.

Ravindar also added, “This will definitely improve the satisfaction and help us as a whole hospital to receive patients and care for them.”

The short stay unit officially opens its doors on April 2, 2007.

Officials are also planning for a new cancer center, major bed expansion and a new children’s care facility over the next five years.

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