Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is set to undergo a $15mn expansion
Set to double in size, the wo...
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is set to undergo significant expansion works of its emergency department in a $15mn project.
Set to double in size, the works will enable the hospital to provide exceptional patient care, and will be completed in 2019.
“Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is deeply rooted in this community and we believe everyone should have access to safe, high-quality healthcare,” explained Susan Cusack, the hospital's executive director.
“This expansion will enable us to serve our emergency patients in a new, comfortable setting with the latest amenities.”
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Part of Trinity Health, who will provide the majority of the required funding, the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has also financially supported the project.
Mercy has served the local West Philadelphia community for over a century. The recent development will therefore enable it to further its efforts to serve growing populations and invest in new digital tools to support its end-goal.
“Not only is it bigger, but we’re expanding and modernizing triage to reduce wait times. We’re moving the CT scan into the emergency department to reduce wait times,” explained Chair of Emergence Medicine Dr Tony Mazzeo.
“We’re changing our ambulance entrance so that our sickest patients come right into the high acuity area.”
Increasing the number of patient beds to 30 in the emergency department, the project will create a number of new roles. CBRE | Heery will be behind the expansion works, which will encompass an updated entrance, waiting area, reception area, security facilities and an enlarged triage area with a separate ambulance entrance, Philly Voice has reported.
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.