January 23, 2014


Hospital nursing unit renovated

HospitalBob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland Regional Medical Center nurse Linda Spizzirri works at a newly remodeled nurses station on the hospital’s second floor.

Staff Reporter

After a recent round of renovations at the Cortland Regional Medical Center, the nurses and staff on the facility’s second floor nursing unit are better prepared to care of patients.
Formerly referred to as the swing bed unit, the 2C Floor is the hospital’s newly renovated nursing overflow unit for post-acute patients and those waiting to be accepted into a nursing homes.
The project was funded in part through a $9.9 million Health Care Efficiency Affordability Law, or HEAL, grant, passed by the state in 2004 in an effort to improve the quality of health care services.
The hospital could not say this morning how much the nursing renovations cost.
Though portions of the grant were used to build new offices for doctors in the hospital’s cardiology department, a new roof over the south wing and improvements to air handling equipment, the 11,000-square-foot 2C Floor received a bulk of the attention.
Mary Wright, the hospital’s vice president for long-term care services, said the 2C Floor located in the heart of the facility was in need of an upgrade and added she and her staff were excited once the eight-month renovation was completed and the floor was reopened on Dec. 30.
“This was the oldest nursing unit of the hospital so it definitely needed it,” Wright said. “The nice thing about it was we were able to close off the entire unit, it was completely gutted and they started from scratch.”
Patients and staff were relocated to a different part of the hospital while the renovations took place and while the improvements were the first and most significant part of the process, Wright said it took a great deal of collaboration between nurses and other hospital staff to ensure the new 2C Floor was prepared.
“It took a team effort to get this unit opened,” Wright said.
The most significant upgrades can be found in the individual patient rooms. Though the number of rooms has decreased, down to 28 from 33, Wright said the new suites are larger and are equipped with the newest technology making a patient’s stay more comfortable.
The rooms initially were very small,” Wright said. “ The individual basically didn’t have any privacy. And since it was the oldest nursing unit, it hadn’t had an update in many years.”
Wright said the since the renovations have been completed, staff and patients are still getting used to the changes, but added that everyone is excited about the new nursing unit.
“It’s almost like moving into a new home,” Wright said.


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