November 9, 2012
Kenmore Mercy Hospital was recently granted permission by the New York State Department of Health to proceed with plans for a $5.7 million project to build a new medical/surgical inpatient nursing unit geared toward orthopedic patients (orthopedic services).
Plans call for adding a second floor to the hospital’s new emergency department, with construction to proceed simultaneously with the ER project. The 15,300 square foot unit will include 24 private rooms, a visitors’ lounge, a staff lounge and two nursing stations, and will offer physical therapy rehabilitation services.
Second Floor Nursing Unit Floor Plan
“This is all part of our master facilities plan, which also included the new entrance and the emergency department,” said hospital president & CEO James M. Millard.
The project will help the hospital meet increasing demand for orthopedic services in the region. Last year, the hospital completed more than 2,000 orthopedic surgeries, many of them elective procedures, such as total knee and joint replacement.
The expansion would nearly double the hospital’s overall private room count from 59 to 100 and help Kenmore Mercy meet the increasing demand for orthopedic services. The hospital’s existing surgical unit will continue to serve general surgical patients once the orthopedic unit is completed.
The project also supports New York State Department of Health initiatives and federal guidelines for private rooms that improve privacy, reduce noise and auditory issues and the potential for medical errors, while lowering acquired infection rates and patient stress.
Plans call for completing both the orthopedic unit and emergency department by next summer.