JULY 6, 2016— For the last decade, Marshall Medical Center's
leadership has envisioned a new, larger and all-around better Intensive
Care/Critical Care unit. Now, after years of careful planning and eight
months of construction pending OSHPD licensing and approval, the new unit
will open to our most critical patients this summer. The total cost of
the effort clocks in at nearly $5.5 million—a worthwhile investment
for our community.
According to Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Krejci, the new ICU/CCU offers
a number of enhancements over the current unit, which has served our patients
well for many years. Chief among the improvements is simply the extra
space it provides—doubling the square footage over the current space.
The current ICU is 2,565 square feet; the new space, located on the second
floor of the South Wing, boasts 5,000 square feet.
Along with the added square footage, there are more rooms and more privacy
for our patients and their families. The current unit has eight rooms
with two being semi-private. The new ICU has 12 rooms, each fully private
and each with extra space to accommodate family and visitors during lengthy stays.
In addition to the benefits the extra space affords, there are also technical
and design enhancements to improve both patient care and staff safety.
Each room is equipped with ceiling mounted mechanical patient lifts for
ease of movement and staff injury reduction. The centrally located nursing
station provides views into each patient room. There are also two isolation
rooms equipped with air monitor alarms to ensure negative pressure is
maintained for patient conditions that require this special care.
A final feature, which may be the most appreciated of all by our patients,
is the natural light that can filter into the rooms through large windows
(which can also be covered to provide darkness if that is preferred).
The views out the backside of the South Wing are natural images of the
abundant trees in our beautiful county. Compared to the current ICU, with
its little access to natural light, the new unit will provide a soothing,
uplifting environment for those patients and visitors who most need it.
The current ICU will remain licensed and equipped, offering a total of
20 Intensive Care beds when you add the 12-bed new ICU. The current unit
will be used only for overflow when needed.
Marshall’s new ICU reflects the excellent care it has always provided
to the critically ill, demonstrated by Healthgrades®, a national resource
for consumer healthcare information, which awarded Marshall with the top
10% Hospital in the Nation and five-star rating for critical care awards
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 113 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has more than 200 board-certified physicians and 1,500
employees providing quality healthcare services to more than 180,000 residents
of El Dorado County.