ANGOLA — When planning its new facility, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital invested considerable time and research to provide an inpatient experience that puts the patient first, focusing on safety, comfort, and efficiency.
Cameron President/CEO Greg Burns says those investments were designed with one simple goal in mind: build on the hospital’s longstanding reputation for outstanding care while ensuring the facility is aligned with the needs of today’s families.
“We have built a name for delivering highly personal, high-quality, and high-value healthcare services for residents of our region, close to home,” says Burns. “The new design will allow us to continue that mission.”
One of the key features incorporated into the inpatient unit was a “same-handed” design.
“Same-handed” design means that all 25 private inpatient rooms will look the same, unified in feel and flow, and will have the same equipment and supplies in the same location. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health suggests that this more standardized, same- handed approach to healthcare yields more positive outcomes for patients and increased efficiencies for hospital staff.
The same-handed design also affects where beds are placed. Cameron Chief Operating Officer Connie McCahill explains that this provides several additional benefits.
“In the old design, the head of one patient bed backed up against the head of another patient bed, separated by only a wall,” McCahill says. “The same-handed design means patients no longer share a wall, improving quietness and privacy and thus promoting a healing environment.”
But it’s more than just peace and quiet. Research indicates private rooms boost safety and the ability to manage potential infection. Further, if a patient is placed in a room during the night, it won’t disturb the patient next door.
Aesthetically, the head of the patient’s bed will always be on the left wall, with headwalls situated at an angle. The rooms were deliberately designed this way to allow patients to see out their windows and enjoy natural light.
While patients are a priority for Cameron, McCahill says the hospital also kept the needs of visitors in mind.
“There will be a piece of furniture in every room that allows a visitor to relax while visiting and even stay overnight if needed,” says McCahill. “We selected top-of-the-line furniture designed to meet the needs of a healthcare facility while also offering a comfortable place for family members to rest. We want to promote a welcoming environment at Cameron—not only for our patients but also for their guests.”
Burns says that Cameron’s physicians and staff helped determine the patient room design by creating mock-ups and giving their input into what would be best from a comfort, quality, and privacy standpoint.
“Their feedback resulted in some changes that will make a big difference for our patients and their guests,” Burns says. “The process emphasized how much the building of the new Cameron Hospital has been a team effort.”