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Nurse managers champion patient care improvements

In an attempt to enhance patient throughput, a Patient Discharge Lounge is being piloted on 5 North in the Oncology Library, located right across from the South elevators on 5N (BA5301). The lounge opened at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2015, and provides a comfortable place for patients to wait for transportation home. The lounge closes at 7 p.m. daily and operates Monday through Friday when needed.

The primary goal of the Discharge Lounge is to increase hospital throughput efficiency by identifying a location for patients to wait for transportation after discharge.

To make the area more inviting, the lounge has three patient recliners, computer access, TV, snacks and various drinks (Keurig, for example). Patient Transport handles patient movement to and from the lounge.

The nurse manager championing this lounge will be Endia Veal, RN. She currently manages 4 West (Surgical), 5 South (Stem Cell), 5 North (Oncology) and 7 South (Medicine). The staff will be comprised of two patient care technicians and volunteers.

Additionally, as part of the Transformation Agenda, Adult Inpatient Medicine has embraced clinical growth, quality and enterprise throughput as goals for success in patient care. As part of the throughput goal and in order to better serve our patients, a 15 all-private-bed medicine unit will be opened on 8 South.

The unit will open on Dec. 15, 2015, with 5-7 beds and staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year.

The nurse manager championing this unit will be Sandra Clay, RN. She currently manages the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), 5 West (Medicine), 6 South (Medicine) and Wound Care. The staff will be comprised of two permanent charge nurses, 12 staff nurses, six patient care technicians and five unit clerks.

 

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