MAKING A DIFFERENCE: At center, Tony Digiovine, RN,
nurse manager of the Burn Center, gathers with staff for
a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The MGH Sumner Redstone Burn Center – the oldest and largest adult burn center in the Northeast – filled with laughter Sept. 9 as clinicians, staff, former patients and donors gathered to celebrate the center’s new home on Ellison 14.
The inpatient intensive care unit is part of a $12 million, two-phase renovation project – the center’s largest expansion since it opened in 1974. “This very special new unit will allow us to improve patient care and patient experiences in many ways,” said Keith Lillemoe, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery. “The new state-of-the-art equipment will help us provide the very best in burn care.”
The unit features Bacteria Controlled Nursing Units, which are portable HEPA-filtered plastic enclosures that closely monitor temperature and humidity for patients at risk of infection and hypothermia. The new space offers several noise-reducing measures, including a cell phone communication system to reduce the need for overhead paging and a bedside alarm system that adjusts its volume based on the room’s ambiance. A new physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation space also is housed in the unit along with a private family waiting area.
“The family room is awesome,” said Diana Tenney, a former patient and co-founder of the Diane Tenney Burn Research Fund at the MGH, who spoke during the ceremony.
A room featuring a Bacteria Controlled Nursing Unit
Work on the second phase of the project – developing the inpatient center’s former location on Bigelow 13 into an expanded outpatient center – is expected to begin in 2014.
“I think it’s a great thing to have burn survivor families in the same room to communicate and commiserate with each other.”
“I’m delighted that now we have both a world-class staff and world-class facilities to care for patients in need of these services,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “We look forward to making an even bigger difference in the lives of patients in need of care.”
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