Renovated Medical Intensive Care Unit Opens
Friday, July 13, 2007
The newly renovated Medical Intensive Care Unit will open today with a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the upgraded facilities at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
“The transformation of the unit into a state-of-the-art space is a welcome change that will positively impact patients and medical staff alike,” said Michael Apostolakos, M.D., director of Adult Critical Care and head of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).
The 12 patient rooms on 8-1600 are each 320 square feet, a significant improvement that more than doubles the original room space. They can accommodate large equipment needed for patient tests and for treatments such as dialysis. Decentralized nursing stations keep nurses close to the patients, just outside each room.
All rooms are patient- and family-centered. Each has a distinct adjacent area for family members, to enable them to be with the patient as much as they wish. Each family area has an Internet hookup so visitors can use personal computers.
Patients cared for in the MICU include those who are critically ill, some with acute respiratory distress syndrome and other pulmonary diagnoses, sepsis, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, intracranial hemorrhage, pancreatitis, or renal and liver failure.
This is the first major renovation to the patient rooms since the MICU was built in the 1970s. The nurses stations were renovated in the 1990s.
The MICU renovations are part of a larger renovation plan on the hospital’s eighth floor. Work was completed in February on the Surgical ICU, 8-3600, and upgrades are planned for 8-1400.