Staff Helps Fund ICU Expanson Project

View from window shows possible area of expansion when the ICU reconstruction project gets under way. (Photo by Pat Blair)
View from window shows possible area of expansion when the ICU reconstruction project gets under way. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Funds to expand Sheridan Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit are nearing $190,000, and Hospital Foundation Executive Director Ada Kirven says members of the hospital's staff are helping to make it happen.

Staff members who are partners with the hospital foundation voted last week for their annual contributions to the foundation to be placed in the ICU expansion fund.

And the foundation executive director says this isn't the first year for the ICU project to receive staff support.

The foundation executive director anticipates that, by year's end, the hospital staff's contribution to the ICU fund will be close to $25,000. She said two more pay periods remain for the year, which is the reason she does not have a final dollar figure.

Hospital administrators want to expand the ICU from its current 3,300 square feet to 9,800 square feet, nearly tripling its current size. The expansion would increase the number of patient rooms from seven to 12.

The remodel would also include new equipment providing the latest technology, including ceiling-mounted equipment that would provide more space for care providers to maneuver. Patient rooms would be larger, and each would have a bathroom. Plans are for the existing patient rooms to be replaced in the remodel.

The foundation executive director said the hospital building committee, which includes Memorial board trustees as well as the facilities manager, are still working on construction plans.

Costs as well as start and completion dates for the expansion are unknown at this time. But the goal for the work is to enlarge and upgrade facilities so that in future, the hospital will be able to provide more and better services for the residents of Sheridan County.

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