Riverside Walter Reed Hospital's new intensive care unit is designed to improve the experiences of patients and their families. The ICU is technologically advanced, with privacy improvements and a new family care center.

The new ICU has been enlarged from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet. It added an eighth patient room and transitioned four rooms into "acuity adaptable" rooms. Acuity adaptable rooms are designed so that patients who need more attention during the course of their hospital stay can remain in their room instead of being transferred.

The project added a new patient transportation corridor designed to enhance patient flow and privacy. It put technologically advanced patient monitoring and lavatories in every room and increased privacy and space for patients and family members. The project increased the hospital's ability and capacity to care for patients with higher need levels, enabling more patients to remain close to home to receive care. "Our previous capacity was limited to seven critical patients. We will now be able to accommodate up to 12, reducing the need to transfer members of our community to other facilities," said Megan Kleckner, Vice President/Administrator Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.

The ICU will also feature the new J. Doswell Dutton Family Care Center, which will provide a homelike atmosphere with comfortable and convenient accommodations for families to stay close to loved ones in the hospital for extended periods of time. The 900-square-foot family care center includes a kitchenette and full bathroom with shower facilities. The renovation also relocates the chapel to be readily accessible to families visiting the family care center. The family care center was made possible by a $100,000 gift from the late J. Doswell Dutton and matched by another $100,000 in donations from local businesses and individuals in the community, including Riverside physicians, staff and volunteers.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Speakers include Megan Kleckner, VP/ Administrator Riverside Walter Reed Hospital; William B. Downey, President and CEO of Riverside Health System; Fred Arnold, MD Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Board Member and Chief of Medical Staff and Rebecca McCoy, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Board Member and Chair of the Make a Difference Fund.

Published: December 18, 2012