(Download the July/August 2013 South Pavilion Pipeline Newsletter)
5-East Renovation Complete, Opens For Patients July 15
Construction Crews to Begin Working on 4-East
After six months of renovation, 5-East will open for patients starting July 15.
Patients, visitors and hospital associates will see updated interior finishes – tile, flooring, paint, fixtures, and more – that mirror the patient floors in the South Wing.
The biggest change to the area is the conversion of 26 semi-private patient rooms into private patient rooms. Each private room will have a TV, cabinet storage, guest sleeper couch, and restroom with a toilet and sink. Three patient rooms on the floor will remain semi-private to retain the hospital’s bed licensing, but have most of the same amenities as the private rooms.
The 5-East renovation was completed mid-June and went through inspections at the end of June.
Renovations will also occur consecutively on patient floors 4-East and 3-East; 4-East renovations will start a week after patients are transferred to 5-East, and 3-East renovations will start after completion of 4-East.
“The completion of 5-East gives a concrete vision of renovations in the North Wing,” said Sarah Gilbert, Director, Strategic Capital Projects. “I believe the whole hospital shares in the excitement in the transformation of St. Mary Mercy.”
Orientation and training in the new 5-East wing will begin for staff working on this floor July 8. Kathy Wagner, Nurse Manager, 4-East, will become the nurse manager of 5-East and have an office near the 5-East nurse station. She will soon have a new phone extension, until then however, she can be reached at her current phone extension 2498.
On July 15, various departments will assist with moving 4-East patients to the new 5-East wing. The move will start at 8 a.m.
The team coordinating the move has been applying lessons learned after they moved 75 patients from the North Wing into the new addition in the South Wing last November. For example, the move team realized during a practice run that they would encounter delays with transferring patients if only one team of patient transporters could move one patient at a time. So on move day, the team had as many as four groups of people in varying stages of patient transport between the North and South Wings.
"We learned a lot from our counterparts in Ann Arbor going into the South Wing move, but going through it ourselves helped us immensely in terms of understanding what needs to happen in the rest of our moves," said Bill Makela, Operations Project Coordinator, Campus Development. “While our travel distance in this move will only be from 4-East to 5-East, we will still need a good number of transporters during the move to ensure a smooth and efficient transition.”
Construction Updates: 5-East
Nurse station: The 5-East Nurse station will have one opening; the second opening was converting into shelving and storage for computer equipment. Clinical workspaces were updated with new desks, cabinets and flooring.
Community shower room: Three community shower rooms were renovated on 5-East. Each patient room has its own bathroom with a toilet and sink.
Color: Workers painted panels of green next to each 5-East patient room; the color green has been assigned to 5-East as an aid in wayfinding around the hospital. Purple will be assigned to 4-East, and blue will be assigned to 3-East.
Wellness Center Opens End of July
St. Mary Mercy welcomes new services that continue the hospital’s mission of healing body, mind and spirit: the Wellness Center, consisting of the Center for Integrative Medicine, Senior Assessment and Resource Institute, and a Wellness Studio.
The Wellness Center replaces the former Senior ER and part of the former Emergency Center area; each area was remodeled to fit the needs of the new services.
The Wellness Center is scheduled to open near the end of July.