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Latest MDMC addition will make surgery experience more pleasant

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Jason Ressel of S&S Interiors in Cape Girardeau fits a tile for the drop ceiling in the hospital's new unit
(Photos by Scott Welton, Staff)
Construction project on third floor of hospital will feature a surgery prep and pre-testing area

SIKESTON -- The latest addition to Missouri Delta Medical Center will make surgeries there a more pleasant experience.

Upon completion of the $3.5 million interior construction project on the third floor of the hospital's H wing, patients will begin surgeries there at new pre-

testing and surgery preparation area, according to Charles Ancell, MDMC's president.

"If you are going to have surgery, you will go to that floor," Ancell said.

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Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for MCMC, looks over shelving in a new room that includes a special place for flowers
A new elevator will then take patients directly to the surgical suites located directly below the new unit on the first floor of H building.

Following the surgery, patients will spend 30-90 minutes in the post anesthesia care unit located on the first floor next to the surgical suites before being returned to 3H.

Those who have outpatient surgery will go to a recovery area until the effects of the anesthesia wear off, Ancell said, while those who have had inpatient surgery will be placed in one of 18 new private rooms.

"Patients are going to love it," said Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for Missouri Delta Medical Center. "And staff is going to love it, too."

A lot of thought went into the design of not only the entire floor to make 3H efficient for staff, but also the rooms themselves to provide a new level of comfort and convenience for patients, according to Urhahn.

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Brad Benton of Precision Painting in Cape Girardeau sands drywall in one of the new private rooms
For example, inpatient rooms in 3H have built-in bench seating that can accommodate more visitors and shelving so there is a place for flowers, gifts and personal items.

Flatscreen TVs will also give the rooms a more open, less cluttered feeling.

"I'm really proud of this unit," Ancell said. "I think it's really going to look nice."

Work on the 3H unit began about a year ago. "We're hoping to be finished by the end of May or early June," Ancell said.

Ancell said this is an important addition for MDMC as the current unit for inpatient and outpatient surgery patients, 3F located at the top floor of the hospital's east wing, doesn't have enough room and is no longer adequate. "This is going to be a lot better," he said.

As 3H is all new space, the hospital will not lose any of its 188 licensed beds as it phases out shared rooms.

"We're in the process of converting everything to private rooms," Ancell said.

The first floor of the hospital's H wing opened in 1985. The OB unit opened up 10 years later on the H wing's second floor. The third floor, 3H, was also built at this time.

"It was just a shell floor," Ancell said. "It was built as part of the OB addition. It had the floor and the walls but no finishing."

Following the completion of 3H, the second and third floors of the hospital's F wing "will be completely gutted and rebuilt as private rooms," Ancell said.

Upon completion, 2F and 3F will have the same design and color scheme as the new rooms in 3H and, like the new rooms 3H, will feature the latest technology.

"It will be all computerized in every room," Ancell said. "All charting will be on computers."

Also scheduled in addition to renovations to the the F building is a remodeling project for the hospital's main lobby area to double the size of the admission offices so inpatient and outpatient admissions can all be processed in the same place.