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New Progressive Care Unit Brings CVPH Closer to Goal

CVPH Medical Center marked the completion of its new Progressive Care unit with a special ribbon cutting Tuesday morning. Congressman Bill Owens, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon, was joined by other community leaders and CVPH Medical Center staff to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated floor and state-of-the-art patient care unit.  

“Once again, CVPH is pioneering a new health care model in the region,” Congressman Bill Owens said. “These renovations will improve patients’ stays by providing a more confidential and restful experience. I applaud CVPH’s Board of Directors and President Stephens Mundy for their leadership that sustains jobs and provides theNorth Country with cutting-edge health care.”

The “R4” renovation project was funded with a $5.6 million grant from the New York State Department of Health’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY) which provides resources to uniquely situated hospitals and health care providers seeking to reconfigure business strategies and clinical services to better meet community health care needs. 

Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of CVPH Medical Center, said, “The completion of the R4 renovation project is a milestone for CVPH.  We are now one step closer to our goal of having 97% of our rooms private by the end of the year and furthering our commitment to patient-centered care.”

Planning for this project began in 2011 with the implementation of a multidisciplinary design team including architectural/design services, patient representatives, CVPH facilities and support services, patient care operations, medical staff, nursing and construction management services.  During the design process much attention was paid to patient safety, infection control and energy conservation with the goal to build a new patient environment that would meet the needs of patients and their families for years to come.   

The project consisted of a complete floor to ceiling renovation of all systems supporting patient care on the 4th floor in the hospital’s R tower.  It’s a comprehensive re-build of that floor which began with asbestos abatement and demolition and resulted in a completely new, state-of-the-art patient care unit dedicated to Progressive Care and featuring:

·        new, larger, private patient rooms

·        enhanced patient and family privacy

·        adjacent nurse work desks

·        improved visibility between patient and nurses

·        reduced unit noise

·        improved infection control measures

·        more efficient bed utilization

·        improved supply stocking points and increased storage capability

·        improved bathroom accessibility

·        fully integrated and upgradeable technologies including telemetry capability 

R4, as well as the R3 Progressive Care Unit, will also incorporate the universal bed delivery care model meaning that when a patient is admitted to Progressive Care level, and then downgraded, they will remain in the same room until discharge. This approach to care decreases the need for patient transfers which, ultimately, enhances patient safety and satisfaction. The new floor will open to patients on November 20th.

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About CVPH Medical Center

CVPH Medical Center, a subsidiary of Community Partners, Inc. (CPI), is a private, not-for-profit hospital providing top quality health care to the people of theNorth Country.  Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians Hospitals, CVPH Medical Center is now the largest employer and health provider in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  In 2012, CPI joined Fletcher Allen Partners, a four-hospital system working together to provide better access to high-quality, cost-effective care for patients.  Member hospitals include Fletcher Allen Health Care, Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC), CVPH Medical Center (CVPH) and Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH).   

CVPH Medical Center is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, accredited by the Joint Commission licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid Approved.  Follow us on: