Collins Unit Opens
The Collins Auditorium and Gleason Conference Rooms at Highland have been temporarily transformed into a 13-bed inpatient unit. Members of Highland's multidisciplinary Surge Plan Team worked rapidly to build the physical space and implement a structure for patient flow and staffing during this critical time in pandemic hospitalizations. The Unit will lessen the burden of hall beds in the hospital while it operates over capacity due to the spike of COVID-19 patients.
COO and Vice President Cindy Becker, Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Derleth, Facilities Director Brenda Michaud, Medical Director of Patient Flow and Capacity Management Keely Dwyer-Matzky, M.D., and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Egan Allen, M.D. joined Collins Unit Nurse Manager Meghan Reddy, BSN, RN, CMSRN, as she cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the unit.
While time and science move forward, the visuals throw us back to the early twentieth century. A photo taken in 1906 of the same area shows it was once a men's ward, with rows of beds divided by curtains. As Cindy Becker noted, the 1906 photo and current photos of the space are eerily similar.
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