The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 12, 2013

Bluefield Regional Medical Center

Hospital plans $5.1 million investment to help create two critical care units

By Charles Owens
For The Register-Herald

BLUEFIELD — The chief executive officer of Bluefield Regional Medical Center announced Tuesday that the hospital is investing $5.1 million to help create two critical care units.

Bill Hawley, CEO of BRMC, said the two new critical care units — intensive care and coronary care — will support the delivery of safe, quality patient care. A certificate of need for the project has been issued to the hospital by the West Virginia Health Care Authority.

“Now that the Health Care Authority has approved our certificate of need, we are proceeding with planning for construction,” Hawley said in a prepared statement issued by the hospital Tuesday. “These new units are designed to enhance and support the work of our dedicated employees and medical staff members. We are excited to be able to invest in our hospital to advance the care we provide for patients.”

Designed to optimize hospital resources and staff, the new, larger units will be side-by-side on the hospital’s fourth floor, according to Rebekah Ritter, director of marketing and public relations at BRMC.

A shared, central nursing station will allow visual observation of all patient rooms to enhance patient monitoring. Ritter said the all-private patient rooms with restroom facilities will be spacious enough to accommodate equipment, physicians, hospital staff and visitors and support infection control. Chart updates by nurses and physicians will be facilitated by documentation pods adjacent to patient rooms, according to the hospital statement.

The hospital will continue normal business operations without interruption during the construction phase. BRMC’s current ICU and CCU will continue to operate on the second floor until the new units are ready.

The project construction is expected to begin later this summer. It is anticipated to be completed by the spring of 2014.

— Charles Owens is a writer for The Bluefield Daily Telegraph