Lakewood Hospital Unveils New Orthopaedic Unit
Lakewood Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, will open its new Orthopaedic Unit, which features private patient rooms, on Monday, November 16. The $3.2 million renovation project is part of the hospital’s multi-year strategic plan, Vision for Tomorrow. The Unit offers a modern, warm and healing atmosphere that will enhance the patient and family experience. Additionally, the Unit will become the blueprint for future renovations at the hospital. By offering state-of-the-art improvements and enhancements, Lakewood Hospital will continue its tradition of excellent inpatient and outpatient care well into the future.
“The groundwork for Lakewood Hospital’s Vision for Tomorrow began more than two years ago,” said Jack Gustin, president of Lakewood Hospital. “The ultimate goal of Vision for Tomorrow is to secure Lakewood Hospital’s viability for the future. By renovating this 16-bed Unit and enhancing a solid, state-of-the-art Orthopaedic program, is one way we can meet the needs of our aging patient population.”
Vision for Tomorrow was developed in response to the changing needs of the west side community. The committee was comprised of leadership from Lakewood, Fairview and Lutheran hospitals; Cleveland Clinic regional administration; community physicians and members of the Lakewood Hospital Association Board of Trustees; and the Lakewood Hospital Foundation. The committee assessed current and future community needs and its stewardship duty to the city of Lakewood and surrounding cities.
“With this plan, we are confident Lakewood Hospital will continue their strong partnership with the city of Lakewood and our neighboring cities and residents in western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties,” said Fred DeGrandis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.
Improvements and upgrades to the Orthopaedic Unit include private patient rooms which feature an ADA-Bathroom with shower; Nurse Call Monitor System; Suction, O2 and Blood Pressure connections behind cabinet doors; computer for nurse/physician electronic medical charting; 32” Flat Screen TV; and Wireless Internet Access. The nurse’s station includes an increased work area for physicians and staff; wheelchair accessible desk for patients and families; and Linens and Nutrition Center for family members. Additionally, because Lakewood Hospital encourages patients’ families and loved ones to participate in the healing process of the patient, they have included a lounge area for family members to use while their loved one undergoes tests. The lounge includes a 32” flat screen TV, coffee machine, refrigerator, seating for several groups of people, wireless computer access, and a private bathroom.
Construction and improvements, as part of the Vision for Tomorrow strategic plan, will continue in phases over several years. Some of the projects slated for 2010 include constructing a 16-bed ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit featuring private rooms, renovating and expanding the Senior Behavioral Health Unit, continued improvements to the parking garage, finalizing the replacement of the heating and cooling systems, and replacing generators. A significant investment supports the Vision for Tomorrow plan and represents one of the largest investments in Lakewood Hospital’s history. In addition, a $5 million gift was provided by the Lakewood Hospital Foundation and a $500,000 gift was given in support of this plan from the Lakewood Hospital Medical Staff. “Vision for Tomorrow sets our eyes on the future and enables us to meet the changing needs in healthcare. Our renovations and program enhancements will attract patients from all over northeast Ohio. The ultimate goal is to continue our century long tradition of providing the best care for the patient today and well into the future,” states Gustin.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Lakewood Hospital Wednesday, November 11, to celebrate the grand opening of this new Unit. In addition, a large orthopaedic community health talk and tour was held the same day.