Revamped unit opens at Rockford Memorial Hospital

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Patients needing specialized care after complex surgery or a medical emergency now have a state of the art facility in Rockford where they can receive dedicated attention.

Rockford Health System unveiled its re-designed Adult Critical Care Unit Tuesday morning. The 11 bed unit got a $1.7 million dollar make over. The 5,400 square foot space features patient rooms with improved layouts and a bigger nursing station with storage space for electronic charts. The critical care team helped design the revamped wing, keeping both patient and staff needs in mind.

"It standards and improves patient care, everything is located in the same place in every room,” says Kit Soper, a nurse manager in the critical care unit.

“We have a dedicated medication room now so we can be uninterrupted and undisturbed when preparing critical medications; we’ve expanded the amenities for patients and families."

RHS will also be partnering with a company called Advanced ICU Care to provide an extra layer of care. The company has additional doctors on hand who are available via two way video anytime a medical situation arises and the bedside physician is not present. The Advanced ICU Care team can also monitor a patient’s condition and vital signs 24/7.

Patients will start moving on to the floor on June 26th.

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