Wright Memorial Hospital Opens to Public

Wright Memorial Hospital began treating patients at its new state-of-the-art facility on Tuesday, April 12. The 25-bed facility includes a nearly 60,000 square foot hospital and adjoining 12,000 square foot medical office building.

The $30 million hospital features digital mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner, two state-of-the-art surgical suites, and a 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department with trauma bay and private ambulance entrance.

The facility was designed to enhance the patient experience through added comfort and convenience and features patient-centered design throughout. Expectant parents have access to two beautiful labor and delivery suites with private bathrooms and a secure nursery area. Private inpatient rooms are equipped with wireless internet, flat screen televisions and handicap accessible bathrooms with walk-in showers.

The facility incorporates the latest in medical technology including an electronic intensive care unit (eICU), opening in fall 2011. ICU patients will be cared for by on-site staff and will receive an extra level of care by physicians and nurses in the eICU, a patient monitoring system that observes patients in ICUs across Saint Luke’s Health System from a single off-site location. Using sophisticated technology, the eICU team has immediate access to patients’ computerized records, from medications and vital signs to test results and X-rays. With automated warning and decision–support software, the eICU adds an extra layer of monitoring in addition to that already provided at the bedside.

In addition, a complete electronic medical records system will be in place by 2012. This will allow physicians and nurses to more efficiently store, update, retrieve and manage patient information in real time—without paper records—in secure electronic files.

“Planning for the new facility began more than five years ago. The long-anticipated opening of the hospital and medical office building is the culmination of a vision to enhance health care services for citizens of Trenton and the surrounding area,” said Don Sipes, vice president for Regional Services at Saint Luke’s Health System.

“Since 1924, Wright Memorial Hospital has proudly served this community,” said Karen Cole, Wright Memorial Hospital CEO. “That legacy of service will continue in our new, modern facility for generations to come.”

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Posted April 15, 2011

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