CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW CARE UNIT
MALONE – A new patient-focused renovation project is underway that will improve how the University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) delivers care to hospitalized patients.
By converting four patient rooms on the first floor, the medical center is creating a new Intermediate Care Unit where patients will benefit from improved access to staff and services in a newly-renovated space that will be located with most other inpatient services. Today, these patients receive treatment in the Intensive Care Unit which is not in close proximity to other inpatient care areas. Moving the majority of inpatient services to one location will also allow the hospital to be more flexible with how care is provided as it responds to the needs of patients and adapts to changes in volume.
“This move will allow us to provide patients with the same level of care we’ve been providing to our most acute patients, but in an improved space and with more flexibility,” said Matthew Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AHMC. “We continue to look at how we deliver services to ensure we’re providing high quality care in the most efficient way possible. This move is part of that effort.”
Julie Marshall, Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services at AHMC, said the project will benefit both patients and staff. “For our patients, this will mean an easier transition from one level of care to another, as well as access to additional staff. For our staff, consolidating most of our inpatient beds into one area streamlines access for our hospitalists and providers and creates additional opportunities for collaboration and consultation among our nurses.”
As the construction project continues, every effort will be taken to minimize the impact on patients, visitors and staff. The project, which is scheduled to take roughly five weeks to complete, will include room upgrades, an improved waiting area and a separate nursing station for the new unit.
About University of Vermont Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center
Alice Hyde is a private, not‐for‐profit hospital located in Malone, NY. Established in 1913, Alice Hyde is comprised of a 76‐bed acute care facility, four family health centers, a walk‐in clinic, cancer center, orthopedic and physical rehabilitation center, cardiac rehabilitation unit and a dental center. The medical center provides a 24‐hour physician-staffed emergency department, laboratory, a full array of surgical services and a wide range of outpatient services. For more than 100 years, Alice Hyde has been providing high‐quality, low‐cost health care to the more than 55,000 residents of the North Country. In early 2015, Alice Hyde opened The Alice Center, a new, state of the art 135‐bed skilled nursing facility with a 30‐bed Assisted Living Program. The facility replaced two obsolete skilled care facilities located in Malone, and is the first such facility to be constructed in Franklin County. Alice Hyde Medical Center is governed by a 13‐member Board of Directors, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. Learn more at www.alicehyde.com.
About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system serving residents of Vermont and New York. Our network is comprised of six hospital affiliates, a primary and specialty medical group and a home health agency. We come together with a shared mission: Working together, we improve people’s lives. Our affiliates include:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Center Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties