Jun 8, 2011 6:51 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Our Lady of Lourdes New Facility is More Patient-Friendly

If you don't like hospitals, you won't feel you're at one at the new Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

"No body wants to be in the hospital. Just sitting here waiting for things to be done so we're trying to make the experience as pleasant as possible," said Michelle Crain, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

The hospital caters to care and comfort. Patient rooms are 30 percent larger than rooms at the old hospital and each is equipped with bedside equipment-- making it easier for nurses and physicians to monitor vitals.

"When the provider walks into the room they have everything they need and it downloads automatically, so the physician has access to it and the staff does too," said Crain.

Each room also offers amenities like movies on demand, internet, games, and even room service dining.

"People don't want to be told when to eat and not given a choice, so at your request they can order food and have it delivered," said Crain.

The hospital is designed "front-to-back"---visitors enter through the front and patients through the back. This allows for patients and staff to have more privacy when being transported from surgery, testing, or diagnostics.

"It prevents some of the co-mingling. If you're a patient and don't feel well, you'll be kind of off-stage and you won't see a bunch of people. When you come in and are well, you can go straight to your room," said Crain.

The new Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center on Ambassador Caffery will open its doors June 25th.




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