St. Mary’s Medical Center recently welcomed more than 100 people to a special ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the hospital’s Surgical Special Care Unit – Waters 3 – on January 6, 2009 from 5 – 7p.m. The new unit, which will be used mainly for orthopedic and elective surgery patients, has begun accepting patients on Monday, January 11.
St. Mary’s has spent $1.2 million on this renovation, which represents the beginning of a larger long-term renovation project throughout the hospital.
“Now that we have the ideal design in place, we’re hoping to similarly renovate the other floors throughout the rest of the hospital,” said Davide Carbone, St. Mary’s CEO.
Charles Michelson of Saltz Michelson Architects, as well as Carbone and St. Mary’s orthopedic surgeons, were the masterminds behind the rooms’ smart design, which was planned with hip and knee replacement patients in mind. Some of the rooms’ design features include roll-in showers, as well as elevated sink and counter heights, which minimize joint stress. A pleasant, home-like atmosphere and amenities, will offer patients that have endured major surgical procedures with the comfort and privacy needed to assist in a speedy recovery. “This new unit definitely complements St. Mary’s state-of-the-art orthopedic services and advances our hospital’s mission to continue to provide high-quality services to our patients,” said Carbone.