New hospital will open in October
April 2, 2007
Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, will open a 100-bed replacement hospital in October. The $102 million project is enabling new technology and processes that will enhance quality, safety and comfort for patients and visitors.
It also will provide an exciting work environment for delivering patient care.
“Design features and technology will improve safety, promote healing and provide more efficient work space for clinical staff,” said Cheryl Fisher, RN, MS, Director of Nursing.
Features include documentation stations between every two rooms to keep the nurse closer to patients, electronic bedside medication verification, medications and supplies close to patients, electrical outlets at waist level, and equipment locators. “No more searching for IV pumps or other equipment,” Fisher said.
All rooms are private, which will help reduce the transmission of infections, as will staff handwashing sinks in all rooms and a sophisticated air handling system within the building.
She added, “The design of the building--lighting, woodwork, room colors, art, all private rooms, and patient-centered care, including designated rest periods, are all part of the new hospital’s healing environment.”
A focal point of the healing environment is the Healing Garden, a beautifully landscaped area that will include water elements, walking path and places to sit.
Visitors can walk out into garden by the dining area, and in good weather can eat on the patio. Many patient rooms will have a view of the garden as well.
Funding for the garden and the hospital chapel are being provided by the hospital’s Auxiliary, which is just one example of the community support for the new hospital.
A campaign has raised more than $8.8 million for the project, an unprecedented community response to a need.
New technology for the hospital includes a 64-slice CT scan and a combination PET/CT scanner that will greatly improve the hospital’s diagnostic capabilities, especially for cancer and cardiac patients. A special procedures and catherization lab, inpatient dialysis, digital mammography and onsite MRI are among the other new clinical services..
The new hospital is attracting physicians, many of whom represent new specialties for the community, such as neurology, rheumatology and pulmonology.
A medical office building will share lobby space with the new hospital. Diabetes Education and Bariatrics are among the hospital services that will be located in the attached building.
For those familiar with the existing hospital, striking improvements will be noticed in privacy, way-finding and accessibility.
All rooms are private, including treatment areas in the Emergency Department. The hospital also has been designed with two distinct corridor systems. Visitors and those needing outpatient services will mainly use the window-lined front corridor that runs the full length of the building.
A back corridor system will allow patients to be moved more privately. A discharge area and covered circle drive at the back of the hospital also will provide more privacy and ease when patients leave the hospital.
The Emergency Department is located in the front of the building, improving accessibility, and outpatient services are centrally located as well, making it easier for patients to get their Xrays or blood tests.