Officials at Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston believe that atmosphere contributes to the healing process. That is one reason the hospital invested $16 million to add two new floors of inpatient rooms while it retrofitted existing semi-private rooms into private ones.
The East Tower expansion, which added 35,000 square feet of space and raised the number of floors from three to five, was officially opened in September. New amenities include 40 spacious private patient rooms, a warmer décor and family gathering rooms on each floor.
The new floors, designed with input of health-care providers, family members and former patients, also include six nursing stations to improve individualized attention, as well as more storage areas to eliminate clutter.
The effort enables the hospital to achieve two objectives, according to Chris Lumsden, CEO of Halifax Regional Health System. “We can handle the increasing volume of patients as we’ve added services and recruited more specialists, and we’re able to eliminate the use of semiprivate rooms, which we think are just not exceptionally good for patient care,” he states.
The new expansion opened just a few months after health system officials unveiled a new medical office building for its Halifax Primary Care Group, which was started three years ago. The 10,000-square-foot facility, a mile from the hospital campus, contains 18 examination rooms and can accommodate up to eight providers, according to Lumsden.
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