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The top five floors of the Lunder Building are dedicated adult inpatient units for neuroscience and cancer patients. While the patient floors follow a standard design, each has highlights specific to a particular patient population. This week, MGH Hotline will highlight unique features of Floors 6 through 8, which are devoted to neuroscience patients, and provide a general description of a Lunder Building inpatient room. A subsequent issue will focus on Floors 9 and 10, which are dedicated to cancer patients, and will highlight the Lunder Building’s nursing, support services and common areas.

Lunder Building patient floors enhance patient- and family-oriented care

11/Mar/2011

The Neuro ICU, which will be located on Lunder 6, will have patient rooms with maneuverable ICU columns set around the bed.

ALL OF THE PATIENT ROOMS in the Lunder Building are private rooms. Each of the five patient floors house 32 beds with the exception of the Lunder 6 Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU), which has 22 beds. All patients are centrally monitored by nurses on the floor.

In the new building, each patient room is equipped with a nurse station, handwash sink, whiteboard, computer, storage space, locked drawer for medications and a safe for patient belongings. All of the Lunder Building patient rooms have been designed for accessibility, and several bathrooms on each floor are larger to allow for wheelchair clearance. The patient rooms on Floors 7 through 10 have a bamboo headwall with two sets of outlets and set-ups for physiologic monitoring, gas and electrical systems on each side of the bed. On Floor 6, the Neuro ICU does not have the symmetric outlet system, but will use ICU columns, which provide a mobile center for medical gas, communication, monitoring and other critical care accessories.

"Currently on Blake 12, these ICU centers are stationary, but they will be maneuverable around the bed at the Lunder Building. This will give the nurse the ability to adjust the room according to the patient’s needs," says Tara Tehan, RN, nursing director of the Neuro ICU.

Family-centered care is an important feature of all of the patient rooms at the Lunder Building. Each patient room will be furnished with a reclining chair or sofa bed for family members, as well as a flat-screen television. Large windows allow natural light to enter and provide city, river or atrium views.

Other Lunder Building patient rooms will have beds set against a bamboo headwall with two sets of outlets and set-ups on each side of the bed for physiologic monitoring, gas and electrical systems.

“The Neuro ICU staff are looking forward to moving into the Lunder Building, as the new unit will allow us to provide more family- and patient-centered care in a technologically cutting-edge environment,” says Tehan. “In addition to a traditional waiting room outside the unit, there will be two family rooms within the unit. One of the family rooms will be connected to a patient’s room to allow families to be closer to their loved one. There will be additional support with the social worker’s office located on the unit as well as a meditation room for family members.”

The Lunder Building Neuro ICU also will house the latest technology, including an MRI and CT scanner, so that critically ill patients will not have to be moved far for these procedures. In addition, each room has been fitted with electroencephalogram equipment to monitor brain wave activity.

While the Lunder Building space features a contemporary design and offers the latest in technology, it is the staff members who make the true difference in patient care. To assist caregivers and provide enhanced safety in lifting patients, each room is equipped with a ceiling lift that extends to the patient bathroom. All patient bathrooms also serve as a shower room and are equipped with handrails. Floors 7 and 8 of the Lunder Building both accommodate neuroscience patients.

“Currently our neuroscience patients are located on White 12, which is a 24-bed unit, so we will be caring for eight more patients when we move to the Lunder Building,” says Suzanne Algeri, RN, nursing director of White 12, which will transition to Lunder 7 this summer. “One of the challenges we face in the current unit is a lack of space, but that won’t be a problem in the Lunder Building. The staff are excited to move into the building, as this will provide our patients and families with a healing and therapeutic environment in which to recover. One of the highlights of Lunder 7 is the rehabilitation room, which will be used for occupational and physical therapy. This room has beautiful views of the city.”

Floor 8 of the Lunder Building also will include five beds specially equipped for seizure monitoring. “These beds will be for patients who are admitted with seizures and who may be surgical candidates, as well as other patients who are admitted for diagnostic reasons,” says Ann Kennedy, RN, nursing director of Ellison 12 and soon of Lunder 8.

“Each of the epilepsy rooms is monitored around-the-clock by staff and a video camera. We look forward to welcoming our patients and families to an environment designed to support excellent patient care in a state-of-the-art facility.”

For questions about the Lunder Building, e-mail lunderbuilding@partners.org or access www.massgeneral.org/lunderbuilding.

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