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Lawrence General Opens New State-of-the-Art Intensive Care Unit

LGHThe Lawrence General Hospital has opened a new, state-of-the-art intensive care unit that features 19 private patient rooms, advanced patient monitoring systems, and enhanced space for patients, families and staff. The new unit is part of Lawrence General’s multi-year master facility plan that also includes a new surgical center (slated to open in early 2017) and a number of additional renovation and expansion projects across the campus.

“Our old ICU served us well for almost four decades,” says Karen Moore, RN, senior vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer. “But what was state-of-the-art in 1979 is no longer state-of-the art today. Our new unit was designed to treat our most medically complex patients in a much more therapeutic, patient-centered environment. The space now brings the quality of our facilities in line with the outstanding clinical care we provide.”

The new ICU, which has been opening in stages over the summer, integrates the nine-bed ICU that was previously located on the third floor of the Lamprey building and the 10-bed cardiac care unit on the fifth floor of the Russell building. The space vacated by the old ICU is now being transformed into an 18-bay recovery area and a pre-admission testing unit.

New Intensive Care Unit At-A-Glance
· 19 private patient rooms
· Advanced patient monitoring systems and bedside technology
· Nursing documentation stations outside rooms
· Two bariatric rooms with patient lifts
· Two negative pressure isolation rooms that enhance infection control
· Multipurpose room for interdisciplinary meetings
· Enhanced work space for physicians, nurses, and case managers
· Private family consultation room
· Designated family/visitor waiting area

Lawrence General Hospital is a regional hospital offering high quality, affordable care to the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Serving nearly 300,000 patients annually, LGH delivers comprehensive health care to patients by ensuring access to the high-quality care, the latest technologies, and more than 500 local providers, including primary care and many specialties, delivering caring and personalized treatment. A designated Level III Trauma Center, LGH has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Massachusetts and offers a full spectrum of medical services. LGH has clinical affiliations with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Lawrence General offers services from its main campus at One General Street in Lawrence, as well as from locations in Andover, North Andover, and Salem, NH. For more information, visit www.lawrencegeneral.org.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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