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Caring into the Future

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  • Written By: Felicia Messimer
Caring into the Future

Next spring construction will begin on a $28 million project to completely replace every inpatient room in Campbell County Memorial Hospital. With the help of experts from HGA Architects and Engineers, the project has been in the works for over 1.5 years.

Why is it taking so long? Before drawing any floorplans or finalizing the design, we asked the people who do the actual work of patient care; nurses, nursing aides, environmental services, and dietary staff to create their ideal vision of what a patient room should be.

Members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council PFAC) looked at the project from the patient and family’s point of view, and the team visited other hospitals in the state and across the country to see the best practices in patient room design.

The group used a process called Lean to analyze the current rooms and the workflow. In the simplest terms, Lean thinking looks at how waste can be eliminated to create value. Waste can be defined in many ways, such as the time it takes a nurse to respond to a patient’s call light, or the distance a family must travel to find a space to gather near the patient’s room.

Facilitated by CCH Process Improvement Coordinator Bud Lawrence, data was collected on every aspect of a patient’s experience in their hospital room, down to how many steps a nurse walks each shift to care for their patients. All the data, ideas from the team, ideas from other facilities and the expertise of the architects were brought together to create a larger, more comfortable and efficient room design for medical-surgical, ICU and OB patients. The space above the hospital lobby and the current Maternal Child unit will be turned into 39 patient rooms—basically two new patient rooms for every three existing rooms, along with new waiting rooms and gathering spaces for patients and families.

Financial projections show the project can be funded with existing cash and revenue, though other options are being discussed, such as bond financing. No final decisions have been made yet. The project will take at least 20 months to complete after construction starts, and the Board of Trustees must still decide if the project should be built in two years, or stretch out to four years.

The problems

  • Current rooms are too small to accommodate modern equipment and family members who want to visit or spend the night
  • Bathrooms are too small and don't have a sink inside the bathroom
  • Maternal child rooms didn’t really work for how babies are delivered and cared for now—mom stays in the same room through her entire say
  • The location of supplies and nursing stations are inefficient and prevents nurses from spending more time at the bedside

Helping Patients Heal

Sherry Bailey is the Director of the ICU “Having family around is part of how patients heal. Right now there just isn’t room for the family to be in one of our current rooms—they feel they’re in the way of the nurses or they can’t stay overnight comfortably.”

Sherry Bailey is the Director of the ICU and one of the 30-plus team members that have been involved in the design of the new patient rooms. A nurse for 25 years, her focus is on the health and safety of both the patient and the nurses she supervises.

“I was surprised and proud to be asked my opinion about the design and function of the rooms,” said Sherry. “We were all given the freedom to say how we could do our work better, and we were listened to. This isn’t about a cool paint color on the walls—it’s about how we can get a better design for more safe and efficient care—to spend more time with the patient.”

Learn more about the project at

Image shows an architect's rendering of a new medical/surgical patient room

  • Category: CCMG News, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Maternal Child, Medical/Surgical Unit, Nursing, Patient Care