Third-Floor ICU Gets an Intensive Makeover
The first renovated intensive care unit at Sutter General Hospital is receiving rave reviews from staff, patients and visitors.
“The ICU is beautiful and we loving having it here,” said Angela Halpern, R.N., of the west wing ICU on the third floor.
While this wing is now open to any ICU patients, when the cardiac service line moves from Sutter Memorial Hospital to the new campus in a couple of years, this ICU will be used specifically for heart surgery patients. Located across the hall from the operating rooms, this new ICU provides quick access to and from surgery for heart-failure patients and others.
Like all of the patient floors in Sutter General Hospital – to be renamed the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion – and the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center across L Street, input from supervisors, nurses and other staff was used to create units that best meet the needs of patients and staff.
The new wing features bright lighting and hardwood floors, which are sanitary, stylish and complement the soft sunset-colored walls. Break-away sliding glass doors allow nurses and doctors to easily wheel ICU patients in and out of rooms without the hassle of bumping into of equipment or furniture. The glass panes allow good sight lines for nurses and doctors to monitor patients. All ICU rooms have computers for quick access to patient status, history and lab results, and nurses have access to touch-screen monitors in every room to complete an array of tasks.
“The new computers really make charting patients easier, and the bright lights are warm and welcoming,” said Joeleen Sumner, R.N., CCRN, an ICU assistant nurse manager.
For patient comfort, the rooms have flat-screen, high-definition TVs with a wide variety of basic channels, along with “relaxation stations” featuring landscape scenery that changes every so often to a symphony of live-streamed music.