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Oak Hill Hospital's Heart Institute Expansion Project is Opened

January 31, 2011

Spring Hill, FL - Oak Hill Hospital has announced that the major phase of  its $6.5 million expansion of its Heart Institute has been completed on schedule and has received approval from government regulatory bodies and is now open. Sixteen telemetry beds are completed bringing the total of Oak Hill Hospital’s Heart Institute to 26 beds. Oak Hill Hospital continues to be Hernando and Citrus Counties’ largest hospital with 230 beds.

The new unit contains the most technologically advanced equipment available. The staff speaks with enthusiasm as they describe the level of care that is now available locally. For example:
 
There is a computer in every room. Caregivers, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, and technicians can access every piece of information about the patient right at the patient’s bedside.

  • Every room has its own scanner to scan bar codes and ensure that the correct medication is always given to the right patient, at the right time, in the right dose, and with the right route.
  • Attending nurses can conduct a 12-lead EKG (electrocardiogram) every 30 seconds and send to the patient’s physician with a simple email.
  • There are Dash Monitors available to the caregivers. These monitors talk to the computer Meditech system and relay the patient’s vital signs, etc.
  • The patient’s physician can access patient records as they are being updated and learn the patient’s condition – in real time – from anywhere that the physician has wireless access.
  • The computer features a “tap and go” system. The caregiver can walk up and touch their badge to the computer and the computer identifies the caregiver.
  • The unit also uses the new temporal thermometers. The caregiver just swipes the patient’s forehead and rests it behind the patient’s ear and the temperature automatically appears; no waiting.
  • In addition to the technology are other amenities. The cardiovascular step-down unit features all private rooms with showers and bathrooms. Each room has a flat screen television, visitor’s chair and a recliner.
  • The visitor’s lounge contains a 50” screen TV and a sweeping view of all of Hernando County, as this is considered the highest point in the area.

In addition, the CVS step-down unit is located right next to the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) so that staff can respond within seconds.
 
As Vice President of Cardiovascular Services, Samantha Wood, puts it, “We did not spare any technological expense.”

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