Bay Pines VA to Activate State-of-the-Art Inpatient Ward on May 18 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA to Activate State-of-the-Art Inpatient Ward on May 18

May 12, 2016

BAY PINES, FL —The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will activate a new state-of-the art inpatient unit at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on May 18. The newly renovated, 20-bed ward is the first of several existing wards at the facility that will transition to a new patient-centered environment with private and semi-private rooms and the latest medical equipment over the next few years.

Other features of the $5.3 million renovation include newly installed ceiling lift systems that allow for safe patient transport to and from the bed and to the shower; a state-of-the art nurse call and patient monitoring system; an interactive patient education and entertainment system; secure medication dispensing technologies; decentralized nursing stations; and mobile technology to allow medical professionals to more efficiently manage care of hospitalized Veterans.

Each room also features amenities for family members and other loved ones to include guest chairs and a couch with reclining chair and built-in table that can also be converted to a bed for overnight stays.

According to Alyssa Mailly, Activations Coordinator, Bay Pines VAHCS, the new ward is a great improvement over other wards within the facility which were originally designed in the early 1980s.

“The most significant difference is that this ward is a brand new model for the wards to come and will help to develop new and efficient ways of providing care for our Veterans,” she said. “Our Veterans will have the experience of residing in rooms that are geared toward providing more patient-centered care, more privacy, and allow for family members to spend more uninterrupted quality time with their loved ones due to the single room designs.”

Anne Mallen, the Nurse Manager of the ward cited patient privacy as the most important aspect of the renovation.

“One of the greatest things about this new space is the majority of the rooms are private. We are providing a healing atmosphere,” she said. “This ward will allow the patient to have the benefits and comforts of home, rather than the sterile setting equated with a hospital, and that is very exciting.”

Anne Mallen, Nurse Manager, Bay Pines VAHCS, stands inside a private inpatient room on ward 3D at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The newly renovated ward will activate on May 18 and features 16 private rooms, four semi-private rooms, and a host of state-of-the art medical equipment and technologies.

The next ward renovation activity is scheduled to begin in June and expected to take 12-18 months to complete with other wards to follow.

“Inpatient renovations are part of several ongoing construction projects occurring at the medical center aimed to improve health care quality, health care access and the Veteran experience,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.

“America’s Veterans deserve the very best facilities staffed with the finest health care professionals. That is what we are striving for at Bay Pines – America’s heroes deserve nothing less.”

Note to media: Video, photo, and sound opportunities will be available. Local media representatives interested in covering the ward activation are asked to email vhabaypublicaffairs@va.gov or 727-398-9531.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.