Friday, October 16, 2009

A new and improved Post Anesthesia Care Unit

A LASTING GIFT: Kathy S. and David J. Cullen

A new and improved Post Anesthesia Care Unit Patients recovering from surgery in the MGH Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) now are cared for in a new 20-bed unit nearly double the square footage of the previous facility. Built with the generous support of David J. Cullen, MD, MS, a former MGH anesthesiologist and PACU medical director, and his wife Kathy S. Cullen, RN, MS, a former MGH PACU nursing director, the updated unit features more open space, improved patient-monitoring technology and three-sided recovery rooms that provide enhanced privacy for patients. Thirteen of the 20 rooms have glass doors to provide a quiet space for patients waking up from anesthesia.

"This new PACU really has the patient as the absolute main focus," says Scott Ciesielski, RN, PACU nursing director. "There are computer work stations between every two recovery bays to allow staff to complete patient care documentation at the point of care. The new patient tracking system displays both the current PACU census and capacity to optimize patient care. We are very grateful to the Cullens for not only supporting the construction of the new PACU, but also for contributing to the functional design."

On Sept. 21, the Cullens were special guests at an afternoon event celebrating the opening of the new PACU on Ellison 3. Approximately 100 people attended the event that was held prior to its opening for patients Sept. 22. Other special guests included Jean R. Elrick, MD, MGH senior vice president, and Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.

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