DAVENPORT — More space in patient and operating rooms is one result of construction of a new $150-million, seven-story surgical and patient-care tower at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, that opened to the public this past weekend.
Three years in the making, the facility will consolidate all Genesis surgery at the campus at 1227 E. Rusholme St. Seven operating rooms at Genesis West, 1401 W. Central Park, will be phased out by July. There are no specific plans yet for that area.
The new tower has 12 larger surgical suites, three new floors of inpatient rooms and an expanded emergency department. Initially, there will be 64 new private inpatient rooms with additional space for 32 more in the future. The first surgical procedure in the new facility will be May 25.
"With all the equipment you use, things get tight where we're at," registered nurse Sandy Dietzel said Sunday. "This expansion is really beneficial."
"We should be able to do everything we did before in a different configuration," she said. "It'll save in redundancy of supplies, things like that. It makes the staff able to help each other out, rather than having to run back and forth. (The current arrangement) is not very efficient."
The two campuses, separated by 2.5 miles, have a combined 420 patient beds. The added patient rooms at the East Rusholme campus will bring it to 270, covering a similar number of rooms to be converted to use for geriatric behavioral health at the West campus.
"You're reducing duplication of services and equipment," Ms. Dietzel said. "You have to keep a lot of the same equipment on both campuses, but it might not be used in every (surgical) case. Also, we have a lot of expensive supplies. We're keeping the same dressings there we have here. (The Rusholme expansion) is more convenience."
"The best gets better with the completion of this project," said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. "Improving quality of care, safety of care and convenience for patients were all important elements of this project from the planning stages all the way to now, when the tower is ready for patients.
"It's a significant day for Genesis and for the health care future of the region," he said.
The smallest operating room in the new space is bigger than the largest old OR. Those surgical areas will be converted for outpatient services. Genesis does about 10,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures at the two campuses each year.
"With technology advancements, and all the equipment that you bring into the OR, those rooms we currently are operating out of are 30 to 40 years old, so space-wise, you can't expand your OR room," Ms. Dietzel said. "This allows us to have the room for people to move around in a safe manner."
Often, there are 10-12 on a surgical team, she said. "It's all the technology, and to be able to meet the needs going forward of the patients," she said. "The equipment takes a lot of space and we don't have the ability to meet needs with our space."
"Everyone is so excited. They'll be so happy to get in these rooms," Ms. Dietzel said
The new surgical suites are built to accommodate the latest surgical technology, new
procedures and changing needs of patients, according to Genesis.
"The surgical suites and new inpatient rooms were designed based on input from medical staff, nurses and other staff," said Jordan Voigt, president of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport. "Instead of congestion, or equipment and wiring on the floor, the equipment is now suspended from the higher ceilings of the rooms."
"Our staff made some great suggestions about what would work and what wouldn't work," said Mike Sharp, Genesis vice president of construction and design.
There are now monitors on mobile boom arms that surgeons can easily move and a large video screen where they can communicate with other specialists in different areas.
Among patient features are pre-operation rooms where services like lab and radiology are taken to the patient instead of stops around the hospital. All new rooms, about three times bigger than existing ones, have large windows and a keyboard-size TV remote where you can find movies, games, and medical information.
"You're not gonna have a lot of time to watch movies; we're gonna keep you busy," registered nurse Mary Chilberg said. There's a small touch screen outside each new door with patient information.
There is need for larger patient rooms because "patients are bigger and we're using more equipment," she said. "It's gonna be easier because everything's right here," she said of how supplies and technology are close to patients. "It's gonna be at my fingertips. I'm not going to have to remember as much."
"When I first started, they were four-bed rooms," said Ms. Chilberg, a 42-year hospital veteran. Now all rooms are private.
Genesis had to move the cafeteria, chapel, board room, and offices for construction of the new tower, and there's a new FirstMed Pharmacy, coffee shop, gift shop, chapel and conference space.
Genesis West will retain services including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; behavioral health, including a geriatric behavioral health unit opening this year; Genesis Cancer Care Institute; Genesis Wound and Hyperbaric Institute; emergency department; Genesis Sleep Disorders Center; pharmacy and offices.
Total staffing won't change since they are mainly consolidating, Mr. Sharp said, noting the East Campus existing emergency department will be renovated. Total revenue for the health system is 60 percent outpatient, up from 40 percent 10 years ago, he said. "We're headed in the right direction. It's lower cost, and more home care, which is always a good place to heal."
The new seventh floor is reserved for future growth. In the coming year, there will be renovation in other sections of the campus. Neurology and oncology will move in 2018. A new access road will be be completed in the next two months, Mr. Sharp said.