December 10, 1996
Media Contact: John Cramer
Phone: (410) 955-1534
E-mail: jcramer@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

"This is what a cardiac unit looks like when it is designed by cardiac specialists." Patient-centered Unit Features Latest in Advanced Monitoring, Communications Equipment

Johns Hopkins today opens a $2.3 million, enlarged cardiology care unit (CCU) featuring state-of-the-art technology and amenities designed to maximize patient care and comfort, cost efficiency and staff morale.

"The challenge was to design a state-of-the-art facility within existing architectural constraints," says Kenneth L. Baughman, M.D., director of cardiology. "But with creative designing and input from our staff, we succeeded. This is what a cardiac unit looks like when it is designed by cardiac specialists."

Three years in planning, the 13,000 square foot unit (up from 3,000 square feet) includes 12 intensive care beds (up from nine beds) and 13 new intermediate care beds.

"Everything was created around the idea of patient-centered care and enhancing continuity of care," says Steven Schulman, M.D., CCU director.

Under a new continuity-of-care approach, patients will have the same physicians and nurses throughout their stay, says Karen Haller, director of nursing.

"It will be more efficient and patients will feel more at ease with fewer faces coming and going," adds Nancy Sullivan, chief nurse in the CCU. "This kind of patient-centered care improves both healing and comfort."

With a new "call" system, nurses can be paged via an electronic badge on their uniforms rather than overhead pages, saving time and reducing noise. Wider halls, a larger nursing station and a larger receptionist's area facilitate movement.

All rooms have the latest patient-monitoring equipment and access to a computerized patient-records system. Two isolation rooms feature the latest air-handling systems to protect patients awaiting heart transplants and those with infectious diseases. Patient rooms are larger, more private and have a bathroom. The color scheme is peach and teal in keeping with other cardiology units.

The CCU staff also benefits from a large conference room for teaching, a larger lounge, more lockers and offices within the unit. An open house and dedication will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 in the new CCU, on Nelson 5. Media wanting to tour the facility before then should call me at (410) 955-1534.

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