Harrison hospital sets renovations to improve experience

CADIZ – As part of its vision of improving the overall patient experience, Harrison Community Hospital officials have announced completion of renovations to its emergency room.

Cliff Harmon, chief executive officer said, “Completion of this project is a culmination of months of planning and design to best utilize the gift from an anonymous donor earmarked to make improvements to the hospital’s emergency room.

“As I shared when the anonymous donation was first announced, benefactors like to know that their dollars are being used wisely and in areas of high need and that we put these dollars to good use for the benefit of others. I think the individual will be pleased with the end product.”

The renovation project included new flooring, cabinetry, exam lighting, painting and wall protection. The adjacent registration area and “quiet rooms” also received new flooring and painting. Four of the six ER treatment rooms now offer enclosed patient spaces with glass doors and curtains rather than curtain-only separators. This will afford greater privacy for the patient as well as reduce the noise level, he said.

While the preliminary architectural planning was being completed for the start of the renovation project, some patient care equipment was purchased and put to use immediately. Those items included new cardiac monitors, doppler ultrasound unit, several new patient beds, including a gynecological patient stretcher, patient monitors and IV poles.

“The staff and physicians are delighted with the new work environment,” said registered nurse Janis Olinski. “They now have a much more efficient work space with supplies and equipment readily at hand in each room.”

She noted the hospital’s ER has seen a steady increase in patient activity during the past year and attributes the increase to the Steel Valley Emergency Physicians group.

“The need for improvements to the ER was apparent from feedback garnered during the strategic planning process conducted in 2014.” she noted. “The improvement process has been three-fold: We have a team of professionals, including the Steel Valley physicians group, our nursing staff and ancillary staff; we gather patient satisfaction data on an ongoing basis; and we believe the newly completed renovations will enhance the overall patient experience for those seeking care at our emergency room.”

Harrison Community Hospital has served Harrison County and surrounding communities for more than 45 years and is one of Harrison County’s largest employers with more than 200 employees and physicians.

Harrison Community Hospital officials announced in March it signed a letter of intent to merge with Wheeling Hospital. Pending completion of the agreement and regulatory approvals, the merger is expected to take effect in the second half of the year, officials said.