Friday, December 9, 2011

Beacon of Hope

New Blake 12 ICU opens to critical care patients


 HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Hospital leadership and the Blake 12 ICU staff at the Dec. 5 event.


They say it takes a village, and that was certainly true for the team involved in establishing the new Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Senior leaders and staff members filled the hallways of Blake 12 on Dec. 5 for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting to commemorate the opening of the 18-bed unit in the former location of the Neurosciences ICU, which is now in the Lunder Building. 

“This was planned as a village, as a multidisciplinary team,” said Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse. Ives Erickson made special mention of the new nurses in attendance who spent the past few months working with preceptors in MGH ICUs to expand their bedside experience in preparation for the unit’s opening on Dec. 6. “The new graduate nurses put a great deal of faith in MGH and we couldn’t be happier that they’ve come here.”


Trading spaces
Plans to fill the inpatient spaces made available when units relocated to floors 6 through 10 of the Lunder Building continue. With the opening of the W. Gerald Austen, MD Inpatient Care Pavilion and the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), MGH licensed bed capacity will increase from 907 to 947. This is the phase one plan to fill the vacated spaces is below. Phase two plans are being developed.

Surrounded by the fresh paint, new floors and updated technology – including a new communication system and nurse call system – Hasan Alam, MD, director of Research for Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, said the unit would not only serve as a source of pride, but a beacon of hope. “Critical care is truly a team effort. We can bring the best that medical science has to offer to the bedside,” he said.

Also speaking at the event were J. Perren Cobb, MD, director of the Critical Care Center, Mary Elizabeth McAuley, RN, Blake 12 nursing director, and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “This is a great day in the history of the hospital,” Slavin said. “The patients who come will unfortunately be very sick, but they will have the good fortune to be cared for by very talented and dedicated staff. This unit will help define the future of critical care not just here, but throughout the world.”

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