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2009 Press Releases
Mease Dunedin Hospital Opens New Critical Care Unit
DUNEDIN, Fla., (February 9, 2009) The look of the newly constructed Critical Care Unit at Mease Dunedin Hospital is far from a traditional hospital setting. The walls are painted soft, natural colors of beige and green with warm wood grain patterns on the floor and ceiling. The décor is very natural. The hall leading to the patients’ rooms is adorned by a serenity stone wall with a waterfall effect. Indirect lighting leads visitors through the 20 room unit. The pendant light fixtures with weaved glass-detailed sconces that hang above the nurses’ station are more attuned to something found in a day spa. “The intention was to create a peaceful environment for the patients and their loved ones so they would feel more at ease during their hospital stay, but we also designed this unit so that staff can provide the optimal level of quality care that Morton Plant Mease has become known for,” said Lou Galidieri, chief operating officer of Mease Dunedin Hospital.

Phase One of this $19 million renovation/expansion project is more than creating a comforting atmosphere. The rooms in the Critical Care Unit are large and carefully constructed with patient/staff interaction in mind. Beds are placed in the middle of the room, providing hospital staff 360 degree access to the patient, which is especially beneficial in post-neurosurgical care. Equipment and outlets usually located on headwalls or taking up space on the floor are raised with moveable arms attached to the ceiling, creating even more accessibility to the patient. “With family and staff, as many as six people may be in a room at the same time, so having the larger sized space and all the equipment efficiently placed really creates a safer and more functional environment,” said Kelly Triolo, director of patient services.

The rooms are private, however, windows built into the walls allow nurses to attend to one patient, while keeping a watchful eye on another. Respiratory Care is now located in the Critical Care unit. The closer proximity is beneficial because these are the patients that respiratory therapists care for with the most frequency.

Visiting a patient is stressful for friends and family, especially when a loved one is critically ill. The new CCU Unit provides functionality, accessibility and peace of mind for patients and visitors, and also to the staff. “Environment is just as important to the staff as it is to the patients. If they are in a place that creates a feeling of calm and peace, they are going to be able to do their job better, have a better outlook, and that will transfer to the patient by way of care,” Triolo said. Plans call for patients to move to the new CCU Floor on
February 4th.

The focus of the multi-phased project now turns toward renovations in the ambulatory and post-anesthesia (surgery) care units, and the sterile processing department. Then, an expansion of the surgical suites, including adding seven new suites and doubling the size of the current ones. The larger sized operating rooms will allow for more technology and specialized surgical equipment to be installed for complex orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures. New digital equipment and voice activation will allow surgeons to view x-rays and other test results through voice command. “What this means for the community of North and Central Pineallas is more accessibility and availability to heath care, and illustrates our ability and commitment to provide that care,” said Galidieri.

Upon completion, a total of 51,000 square feet of the hospital will be renovated and an additional 4,000 square feet will be added as new construction. All phases of expansion/renovation are expected to be complete by 2011. The architectural firm for the project is TRO Jung/Brannen of Sarasota, Florida. The contractor is Wehr Constructors, Inc. based in Kentucky.

Established in 1937, Mease Dunedin Hospital is a 143-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. In May 2005 Mease Dunedin was recognized as an industry leader in congestive heart care when it received the Premier Award for Quality from Premier Healthcare Informatics, a national alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems. Mease Dunedin Hospital is located at 601 Main St., Dunedin, Fla., (727) 733-1111.

For more information contact Anna Allen, media relations coordinator for Morton Plant Mease at 727-461-8538.