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Nurse Designed. Nurse Approved.

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Categories: Heart
Cardiac Nurses

World-class cardiovascular care meets first-class comfort. Doylestown Health's award-winning Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care has a new home ̶ the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion on the Doylestown Hospital campus.

Combining enthusiasm and imagination, Doylestown Health nurses, patient care techs (PCTs), and unit clerks contributed tremendously to the design of the new Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care. In ways big and small, these dedicated caregivers used their unique perspective, and creativity, to help project architects deliver a patient experience worthy of this world-class cardiovascular facility.

Now open, the new Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care, located on the second floor of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital, is a "facility-within-a-facility" featuring an Endovascular Hybrid Procedural Suite, advanced technologies, a new pre- and post-operative suite and twenty-eight new patient rooms.

Nurse-Designed Rooms Emphasize Safety, Comfort and Privacy

Clinical manager Marcy Mikalaitis recalls when the ambitious Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care project was approved three years ago. Eager staff were empowered to design the patient room of their dreams via a mock patient room created by the architectural team in the basement of Doylestown Hospital.

Designing the Perfect Patient Room

While the new patient rooms are packed with custom features suggested by staff, the headwall and bathroom are the most significant contributions to the room design, according to Marcy.

As the name would suggest, the headwall is an architectural feature located behind the patient's head where vital connections to emergency equipment, electrical outlets, vacuum, air, suction and oxygen merge into a single unit. More than just a system to keep cords and tubes in place, the headwall provides a safe and productive working environment, especially in the event of an emergency.

The patient bathroom was redesigned and enlarged based on staff recommendations. "Many patients need the assistance of two people in the bathroom and occasionally go in with a walker or wheelchair," explains Marcy. "The staff needed more room to position patients and get them up, and in and out safely." Marcy is particularly proud of the changes made to this critical part of the patient experience, calling the expanded bathroom a "huge" achievement.

Patient and Family-Focused Care

Knowing that family and friends are essential to healing, Marcy explains that each patient room has a distinct family area set apart from the patient care area. Per staff recommendations, patient rooms were enlarged to accommodate a family living space that does not encroach into the patient area. This space allows doctors and nurses to tend to patients safely and comfortably. Family area amenities recommended by staff include a pullout sofa bed, upgraded lighting and extra outlets for electronics.

Other features designed with the help of caregivers, include:

  • lower sinks that cause less tension for caregivers who wash their hands often
  • bedside patient tables with a lip around the top so personal items and drinks don't fall off
  • a glass communication board allows staff to communicate the daily plan of care to patients and families, and for families to write messages to patients
  • new reclining chairs that are exceptionally comfortable and adjust to many different levels
  • a shower pull cord that is longer and positioned so that staff can cancel the call without getting wet

About Doylestown Health's Heart & Vascular Services

Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

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