Tuesday, January 12, 2016

News from The Chronicle

Courtesy of the  January 7, 2016 edition of THE CHRONICLE.

The Herb Irgens Classic Wrestling Invitational
is coming up soon.   It is slated for Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23. The OABCIG Athletic Boosters are proud to be preparing for the single largest wrestling invitational held in the state of Iowa.  This year there are 24 schools attending from across the state.  Call Donna at 364-3371 or Dee at 668-2827 if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

Some Highlights of Horn Memorial Hospital Plans for New Inpatient Unit
Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) in Ida Grove has released plans for a new $9 million Inpatient Unit building project.  A capital fundraising campaign for the project kicked off Nov. 20 at the Fall Foundation Festival, with a fundraising goal of $1 to 1.5 million.

The need for a new Inpatient Unit stems from the age and design inefficiencies of the current unit, which is original to the building that was built in 1965.

“The number one reason for this project is to get all private rooms with a private bathroom and shower,” said Nichols. “This has become both a standard of care and an expectation of patients and families.”

The new Inpatient Unit will be designed for 17 private patient rooms, with one of the rooms slightly larger to accommodate two beds if needed.  With this change, the new bed capacity will be 21, including the three old obstetrics rooms that are currently used for sleep studies.

Other features of the new Inpatient Unit design include:
• A centralized nurse’s station that serves as the “hub” of the unit, with the rooms surrounding it in a “race-track” fashion.  This will improve both care efficiency and privacy – a benefit to both staff and patients.
• A new physician dictation area right off of the nurse’s station.
• A staff lounge that can double as a meeting room or nurse report room.
• A family room or “Solarium” at the north end of the unit overlooking the golf course with a kitchenette, table, computer, and comfortable furniture.
• Ample natural light – at nurse’s station as well large windows inside the patient rooms.
• Motorized window shades (controlled by the patient), and a small dorm-sized refrigerator for family to use inside the patient rooms.
• A new nurse-call light system with updated technology.

Two rooms will feature an over-head ceiling lift to accommodate larger or immobile patients to assist in patient and staff safety.

An outdoor courtyard space that will have a walking path, benches along the path, covered dining or seating areas, landscaping, and a water fountain feature.

Construction on the new Inpatient Unit could begin in mid-2016, but depends on meeting fundraising targets.

Deb Einspahr, Secretary of the Board, commented, “I have served on the board for nearly nine years, and this is a very exciting time at HMH!  The plan that is in place for this new inpatient unit is phenomenal.  The amount of research and time that has been spent on this ensures the viability of excellent care at HMH far into the future.”

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