Vail Valley Medical Center opens new ICU
VAIL — After four months of remodeling, Vail Valley Medical Center’s new intensive care unit opened to patients last week.
The completion of this project is a milestone in the hospital’s Master Facility Plan, which began in August 2015 with the goal of making Eagle County a center of medical excellence in the region and improving the healthcare available to the community and its guests.
“The new Intensive Care Unit is a beautiful, highly functional space for our most critically injured or ill patients and their families,” said Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “This is an important step in improving our facility to better serve the community.”
The renovation provides five brand new, state-of-the-art ICU patient rooms that have been designed with patient-centered care and safety as a priority. To this end, the rooms are positioned directly off of a centralized nurse station. In addition, the new space provides more efficient work areas for Vail Valley Medical Center’s entire care team, including space for medication preparation and quick access to medical supplies.
About the Master Facility Plan
The Master Facility Plan, which is broken into two phases to ensure uninterrupted care throughout construction, includes the new ICU, as well as an upgrade to the patient care unit and a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department. In addition, the community will benefit from a relocated helipad on the campus, increased parking, additional space for physician groups and a new main entrance off South Frontage Road. Construction of the first phase, the west wing, is scheduled to be complete in 2017, at which point the second phase will begin in earnest, and the entire project will be complete in 2020.
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