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Spokane Hospital to Expand Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

July 21, 2014

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Spokane, WA–Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has announced that it will expand and remodel its adult cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) to meet the needs of the region for highly specialized cardiovascular inpatient treatment. Construction begins July 28 and will be complete by spring, 2016.

The $19.2 million project will take place in two phases: one to build out new space and another to remodel existing space.

Artist rendering of the newly remodeled and expanded Spokane, WA CICU Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital.The Medical Center and the Providence Spokane Heart Institute have long held a reputation as the region’s leaders for cardiovascular care and research. Sacred Heart has one of the largest cardiac surgical programs on the west coast and performs more cardiovascular procedures than any facility in Washington, including approximately 15 percent of all adult cardiac surgery performed in the state. Sacred Heart has been recognized as a regional and national leader in valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting, robotic cardiac surgery and heart transplantation.

“This long-standing excellence and reputation have drawn referrals from a five-state region and to meet the needs of patients, we need to expand our inpatient space for critical care patients,” says Elaine Couture, regional chief executive for Providence Health Care, which includes Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital.

Providence received approval for this project as part of the 2012 Certificate of Need agreement with the Washington State Department of Health.

What the expansion will do

The project will include renovation and modernization of the existing 22-bed unit and add 12 more critical care beds. All rooms will have the latest monitoring equipment necessary for patients with complex needs. Existing stationery “booms” where all devices are plugged in will be replaced by mobile booms so caregivers can position equipment in the most appropriate and convenient way to expedite care.

Driven by cardiac physicians and nurses, the design features sophisticated team stations that will make the critical care environment easier for families, patients and caregivers to navigate.

The newly remodeled and expanded Spokane, WA CICU Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital will include an open-air courtyard.“Sacred Heart listened to our expert clinicians and have designed a new CICU that will dramatically improve our ability to provide sophisticated care to these complex patients, while at the same time, enhance the patient’s and family’s overall experience,” says Neil Worrall, MD, chair of cardiac surgical services at Sacred Heart.

An open-air courtyard will provide reprieve for patients who are able to leave their rooms, and for their loved ones who occasionally spend weeks visiting the hospital.

“This type of feature is vital to caring for the whole person, which is central to the way we serve our patients and families,” says Couture.

Dr. Worrall adds, “The expanded CICU will allow us to make the sophisticated and specialized care that Sacred Heart is known for available to more patients in our community and the region.”

As a non-profit health care system, Providence relies on community support to help fund essential needs of its hospitals that are above and beyond capital budgets. Providence Health Care Foundation is launching a community-wide fundraising campaign to support this historic project. The PHC Foundation will match up to $2 million of all donations to the CICU expansion.

Phase 1 of construction (building new space) will be complete by June 2015 and phase 2 (remodeling existing rooms) is planned for completion by April 2016. Mahlum Architects of Seattle and Bouten Construction of Spokane are partnering on the project, which will provide jobs to skilled workers from approximately 60 sub-contractors. Additionally, Providence will hire more critical care nurses to staff the new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit upon completion of the expansion.

Patient care continues during construction

Sacred Heart Medical Center will continue to admit patients with critical heart conditions throughout the construction process. There will be a reduction in beds available in the CICU for a time, but experienced cardiac nurses will still oversee patients who may be placed in other specialized intensive care units during the expansion.

“A staffing and transition plan has been fully vetted by our providers and caregivers to ensure every patient continues to receive the highest quality care at Sacred Heart,” says Couture.

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About Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital is the second largest in Washington State, with 644 licensed beds. In addition to a 161-bed Children's Hospital—with more than 90 pediatric sub-specialists and a Level IV NICU—the Medical Center features comprehensive cardiac programs, a robotic center for minimally invasive surgery, a certified Stroke Center, inpatient psychiatric care and more. The only Level II Trauma Center in the Inland Northwest, Sacred Heart boasts many services often only found in university settings, including a heart and kidney transplant program, a world-class research department, residency programs and more. Its service area extends to about 1.5 million people, and it is Spokane's largest private employer. (www.shmc.org)