Modern Inpatient Rooms Change Hospital Experience - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Modern Inpatient Rooms Change Hospital Experience

Director Jeffery Milligan (center) and others cutting the red ribbon on the new inpatient unit
Monday, February 13, 2012

When the planning began for the newly renovated 7C inpatient unit at Dallas VAMC, committee members sought to create an environment befitting of what Veterans deserve. Much time, care and consideration went into designing the perfect look and feel to complement the quality of care VA North Texas offers.

When patients check into a hospital room, they expect to see the necessary items and devices needed to fulfill their needs during their hospital stay. The design team at VA North Texas went beyond the norm to make the experience better for Veterans. Modern amenities, homelike décor and new technological features were all included in the rooms.

"This new state-of-the-art unit with design characteristics representative of a five star hotel will not only increase staff productivity and change the culture of care, but in many cases aid in faster recovery of Veterans who require hospitalization," said Nurse Manager Heather Arredondo, RN.

The homelike feel is present in the earth toned décor, wood floors, nature scene privacy panels and decorative bedding. New technological features include wall mounted computer stations, bedside medication storage and bed alarms integrated into the call light system. To help with healing, there is a Sound Ear noise meter to remind staff of appropriate noise levels. Each of these elements enhances patient care and safety and also improves the amount of time nursing staff spends at each bedside, thus allowing Veterans more peace and privacy. 

"One of VA's top priorities is to be more patient-centric in how we touch and heal Veterans," said Director Jeffery L. Milligan. "The improved medical inpatient unit is a best practice model of how that goal is getting accomplished."

The newly renovated unit is only one example of how VA North Texas is making changes to successfully combine the latest technological inventions in health care with more peaceful and private environments for Veterans. A number of other evidence-based best practice models and concepts have been incorporated throughout VA North Texas. With new interior/exterior designs and cutting edge technology, Veterans and their families are enjoying the benefits.

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