$35 Million Henry Ford II Pavilion Expansion to Open

Monday, December 8, 2008 General News
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DETROIT, Dec. 8 The first phase of the two-story,$35-million Henry Ford II (West) Pavilion expansion project is set to open,offering patients and their families access to 40 new private rooms completewith wireless Internet access, patient-controlled lighting and roomtemperature, and space for family members to stay overnight.

The expansion is part of the $310 million investment in the Henry FordHospital Campus. It will house 80 private rooms including 20 intensive carerooms on two floors once complete, bringing the total number of ICU beds atHenry Ford to 162 -- the largest ICU in Detroit. Phase two of the project isslated to open in the spring of 2009.

"By reinvesting in the Henry Ford Hospital Campus, we're able to maintainand sustain the flagship legacy that has been established through the decadesof providing the best medical services available to the citizens of Detroitand to patients from around the world," says Nancy Schlichting, president andCEO of Henry Ford Health System.

In all, nearly $90 million has been spent in the past two years, includingthe expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department in 2006.

"This investment represents the single-largest investment in renovationand expansion in the hospital's history," says Anthony Armada, FACHE,president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network. "Our vision is tocontinue to renovate and update existing units to continue to meet the needsand expectations of our patients. This expansion provides for more flexibilityin patient bed locations, allowing us to renovate existing units withoutimpacting patient care."

Before being built, more than 2,000 people -- medical staff, patients,families and community members -- toured prototype patients rooms to test roomconfigurations, colors, fixtures, finishes, furniture and equipment. Based ontheir extensive feedback, Henry Ford made hundreds of design changes. Theresult is the private patient rooms on the sixth floor of the Henry Ford IIPavilion. Beginning Dec. 16, general surgery patients, as well as bariatricand gynecological surgery patients, will receive care in these new rooms.

Designed with a home-like setting in mind, each room includes naturalmaple crown molding and chair railing, wood flooring, soothing colors andmodern furniture to provide a more comfortable environment in which to receivecare. Some special features of the new patient rooms are:

-- Privacy: Private rooms have been shown to reduce the spread ofinfection. Patients will check in and out of the same room, and there will beminimal patient transfers, lessening noise and sleep disruption.

-- A quieter stay: The new patient rooms do not share common walls orceilings, which is unique to hospitals. This design eliminates the noise fromneighboring rooms and significantly lessens hallway noise.

-- Space for your family: Family members have space to stay overnight inevery room. This space is equipped with a sleeper sofa and a reclining chairfor patients and visitors.

-- Smart technology at your fingertips: Patient rooms have wirelessInternet access, phone, remote-controlled window treatments, and multiple,adjustable lighting options. In addition, an individual temperature controlledthermostat lets patients create a more comfortable and relaxing environment.

-- Flat screen TVs with bedside remote: Patients can watch educationalprograms about their illnesses and other health issues via the Henry Fordchannel, as well as cable TV.

"The new rooms will offer our patients and their families both privacy andcomfort," says Veronica Hall, R.N., chief operating officer of Henry FordHospital and chief nursing officer for Henry Ford Hospital & Health Network."One of the additional benefits to adding these two floors is its closeproximity to the existing intensive care units, Surgery, operating rooms andEmergency Department."

The expansion also has been designed to optimize work space for healthcare providers. The two new floors will feature:

-- Work alcoves outside each patient room: These areas will be quiet, andstaff can check on patients through alcove windows, leaving doors closed.Louvers inside the windows between the alcoves and the patient rooms can becontrolled from both sides.

-- Welcoming nursing stations: With low walls, the nurses' stations have amore accessible design, allowing family members to feel welcome to approachstaff. The ICU nursing station allows staff to see into all the ICU alcovesand closely watch patient areas.

Other expansion projects include:

-- Clinical Skill Simulation Center - $5 million: This 12,000-square-footfacility, the largest in the Midwest, has opened at Henry Ford Hospitalallowing health care professionals to practice and augment their skills usingstate-of-the-art simulations including computers and mannequins that cansimulate hundreds of different medical conditions. The facility houses twooperating theaters (one with a $1.6 million da Vinci robot system), sixclinical rooms, a minimally invasive procedure lab with more than 30 stations,and two classrooms. Fully-equipped, reconfigurable rooms simulate surgery,labor and delivery, intensive care, emergency and routine hospital scenarios.

-- Expansion of existing operating rooms - $10 million: Three newoperating rooms will be added that are designed to accommodate new technology,including robotics and additional pre-surgery and recover room capacity.

-- Outpatient tower redevelopment - $33 million: Major redevelopment andredesign for Oncology, Gastroenterology and Nephrology/Transplant, Urology andOrthopedics.

-- Research & Education development - $13 million: Expansion andrelocation of a number of labs including Neurology and Neurosurgery,Hypertension-Vascular, Genetics, Urology, Epidemiology.

-- Infrastructure - $50 million: Redevelopment of the core heating,cooling along with electrical and emergency power distribution systems.

Henry Ford Hospital, a 903-bed tertiary care hospital, education andresearch complex in Detroit's New Center Area, opened its doors to patients in1915. Since then, it has grown to become one of the country's most respectedhospitals, attracting patients from nearly every state and numerous countries.Henry Ford is the flagship hospital for Henry Ford Health System.

Demand for services downtown has significantly increased in recent yearsand is anticipated to grow faster over the next decade. From 2003 to 2005,Henry Ford Hospital had the highest admission growth in southeast Michigan,with an increase of 13.4 percent.-- Ongoing imaging and medical equipment replacement - $120 million -- Routine renovation and replacement capital - $100 million

SOURCE Henry Ford Health System

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