UCHealth is expanding critical care services at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) with a renovated wing that opened Aug. 20.
The 14,109-square-foot space on the fourth floor includes two units: a cardiac unit and a progressive care unit.
“Both of these units were thoughtfully designed to provide enhanced patient care and an exceptional patient experience,” said PVH chief nursing officer Julie Nunley. “Every room features advanced technology that will also provide an additional layer of safety for our patients.”
The 12-room progressive care unit is a new unit for PVH. It is considered a step between medical/surgical unit and the intensive care unit. The unit’s nurses will care for patients “coming up” the acuity scale, possibly to move on to intensive care, as well as others “coming down” from an ICU on their way to a medical/surgical room. Many of these patients need a little more monitoring and the specialized skills of a critical care team than the patients on the medical/surgical unit.
The 12-room cardiac unit, previously on the fifth floor, occupies the other half of the newly renovated wing at PVH. The new home for cardiac care complements the hospital’s full array of cardiac services, which includes a new second cardiac catheterization lab that opened on the first floor earlier this year. The second cath lab has boosted the hospital’s capacity to treat patients with emergencies such as heart attacks when immediate care is needed to diagnose and clear blocked arteries. It also has enabled UCHealth to offer certain electrophysiology procedures in Fort Collins for the first time.
Both units will be connected to the UCHealth Virtual Health Center in metro Denver, which monitors patients’ status remotely 24/7 and analyzes vital signs and other data to detect potential complications early. This allows collaboration of care with the PCU nurse directly caring for the patient, with the Virtual Health Center’s nurse providing that additional layer of safety.
This virtual technology was made possible through the generous support of the UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation, according to Nunley.
“Philanthropic investment from grateful patients and community members allows us to provide leading-edge technology to ensure that we can bring the most innovative, comprehensive care to northern Colorado,” said Erica Siemers, the Foundation’s regional executive director.
This is the latest in a series of renovations that have happened at PVH in recent years. The other completed projects include a new neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department, orthopedics unit and inpatient rehabilitation unit.