New recovery unit offers best technology, comfort for patients

AU Medical Center unveiled a new post-anesthesia care unit with a ribbon cutting this week. The renovation on the first floor of the Sydenstricker Wing adds 7 new bays for a total of 25 anesthesia and surgical recovery rooms. The new unit is also positioned to improve flow for patients coming from the operating room.

“The new PACU was designed by nurses to provide the best technology and comfort to the patient,” said Allen Kelly, assistant vice president of Perioperative Services. “The design reduces noise while providing personal comforts like HD television for each patient. The new equipment booms allow the nurse to provide all of the necessary medical gases, electrical and communication ports to meet each patients’ unique needs. The entire design was developed with patients and their safety in mind.”

AU Medical Center is an international leader in Patient- and Family-Centered Care, a philosophy that puts patients in the driver seat on a myriad of health care decisions, including how care is delivered and the design of the clinical environment.

“Our patients were involved in the design and development of this space and I know they can’t wait to get in here and see it,” said AU Medical Center CEO Lee Ann Liska.

The relocation of the PACU frees up space for the next phase of construction on a new cardio and vascular surgery suite. The hybrid suite consolidates radiographic technology, like in cardiac catheterization labs, in an operating room, allowing for new advanced, minimally invasive procedures. Construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2017.

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