It's undersold - the fact that the last handful of years our Long Term Care (LTC) facility has been racking up quality awards in a facility that's more than outlived its useful life. Just think of what our staff could do in a brand, spankin' new building.
We're less than 30 months from finding that out.
Above is the updated layout of the new hospital. This is the latest design, formed by input from WMC staff to achieve desired work flow. We're going to take a look at the top left portion of the floorplan, zooming in to see what our new LTC could look like.
On the right, you see some highlights provided by Wold Architects during the community meeting on Monday, Sept. 17. I'd like to take a moment to quickly expand on Wold's bullet points.
Reorganized plan for expansion - They've created two different 'communities' of rooms on either side of the shared activities and dining areas. This allows for an additional four LTC rooms to be easily added to the north, creating two 9-person communities on either end of LTC.
Created dedicated charting/nurse station - This will provide a central space for LTC staff, a satellite of the nurses station and the dedicated area will assure there's no computer cart in the hallway to trip over.
Connected Kitchen and Receiving, created a courtyard - So the initial floorplan looked less like a doughnut and more like a horseshoe. The doughnut design is for the better. You can now walk north through LTC and hand a right to receiving, providing a direct route for our supplies to get to our residents. The byproduct of this addition is an awesome courtyard (which is viewed better in the full floorplan image above). On nice days, residents will have the option to venture and/or dine outside. This open area will provide plenty of natural light into the center of the facility, including east facing LTC resident rooms and the dining area.
Two private bathrooms, six semi-private bathrooms, private resident rooms - Perhaps the last two bullet points glossed over this fact, but residents will all have private rooms. Twelve will share a bathroom with a suite mate, and two will have private bathrooms, all of which will be large and compliant. The rooms, now private, will be an even larger space than the shared rooms in the current WMC facility. The LTC wing will be bigger and better, in every way. Residents will have more space and privacy. Even the events and dining areas are separate. Today, they're limited to a multi-purpose day room for any activities outside of their personal room. The new LTC will even have a private family room, perfect for birthdays or group visits.
SEARHC wants to provide the best nursing home experience in the state. The architects are getting input from our award-winning LTC staff on what needs to be included to provide that experience, as this is home to our residents. So far, it looks like we're going to have the space and layout to succeed.