Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center unveiled its new 24-unit, family-focused Mercy Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) during a dedication and blessing ceremony on Fri., June 12. Located behind Mercy Surgery Center, the state-of-the-art facility will allow the hospital’s multidisciplinary medical team to provide advanced care for the critically ill and injured and their families in a spacious, calming environment.
The $20.5-million project – on which Mercy broke ground in October 2007 – also includes expansion of the surgery center parking garage and relocation of the helipad to the roof of the new structure.
Focusing on Multidisciplinary Care
Jim Williams, R.N., chief nursing officer, notes that Mercy’s team of I.C.U. physicians, nurses and other health care professionals have been involved in the design of the facility from its inception.
He says, “The focus of intensive care today – and into the future – is the multidisciplinary critical care team, of which Mercy has the very finest.”
According to Critical Care Statistics in the United States, a 2006 publication of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), more than 160,000 lives can be saved annually in the U.S. when care is delivered by an intensivist-directed multiprofessional team. In addition, length of stay may be reduced by as much as 30 percent.
The SCCM reports that more than five million patients are admitted every year to I.C.U.’s. Since 1991, treatment for serious conditions continues to increase, due in part to aging of the American population.
Creating a Peaceful Environment
Throughout the I.C.U., Mercy has incorporated a diverse selection of artwork, from paintings and mosaics to photography and sculpture. Cynthia Reynolds, R.N., M.S.N., administrative director of critical care services, says a serene critical-care environment helps reduce stress for patients and their families, which is why much of the facility’s artwork centers on nature. The I.C.U. also features a quiet room and a private consult room.
“If you have ever been in critical care or had a loved one in critical care,” says Reynolds, “you know how important it is to be treated by a caring team of health care professionals in an environment that promotes healing for the body, mind and spirit. All the art we selected is designed to promote peacefulness.”
Commissioned artists include
• Canton’s Vicki Boatright, curator of exhibitions for Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild, and Michelle Waalkes, curator of Second April Gallerie and Studios
• Ian Adams, a Cuyahoga Falls-based photographer
• Painter and textile designer Kirsten Bowen from Johnstown
• Stephen Pentak, associate dean of The Ohio State University’s College of the Arts;
• Potter Tom Radca from Port Washington
• Sculptor Ruth Burink from Monument, Colorado
Continuing Legacy of Patient-Centered Care
The I.C.U. is part of the medical center’s continued investment in new technology that focuses on patient and family care.
Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, says, “Everything we do at Mercy centers on our patients. The state-of-the-art I.C.U. is a major part of our total plan to continue a century-long legacy of innovative, quality and compassionate care for the whole person.”
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.
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