NEWBERRY — After six months of renovation work at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, half of the third floor is ready and available for medical and surgical patients.
The newly renovated rooms are 50 percent bigger, and contain a variety of changes to make the patients, their visitors and family feel more at home.
CEO Ron Vigus said walls were removed from three of the older rooms to make two large rooms that are available for use. New flooring and lighting were also added.
“The new lights are specific lights used for examinations at night time,” said Vigus.
Higher toilets have been put it to make access easier for patients, and showers now stand in place of bathtubs for safer patient access.
About seven rooms have table flips on couches that can be folded down into a full-length bed for visitors to use.
Several rooms have been made ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant. A bariatric room has been created for patients who might need assistance being transferred to their beds.
The halls of the third floor and the rooms are filled with photos taken by Vigus, who enjoys photography in his spare time. The photos have been taken all around the world, including Hawaii. Some were taken on the hospital grounds themselves.
In each newly renovated room, flowers are present in photographs on the wall.
“Every patient will have a bouquet in their room,” Vigus said.
Vigus said he wanted the renovations to provide a good clinical environment for patients as well as a friendly one. He said studies have shown nature promotes good health, which is why they chose photos from nature to line the halls and rooms.
In an effort to become more electronic, the new floor also has a Satellite Nursing Station, which will allow physicians to dictate patient charts, orders, and progress notes electronically.
Vigus said he is excited about the new renovations and what they can do for NCMH. Renovations will continue on the other half of the third floor. Vigus said he doesn’t think that portion will take as long now that the demolition phase has been completed.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.