Southcoast Health expands ICU capacity at St. Luke’s in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE)– Southcoast Health has doubled the size of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, according to a statement the company released Thursday.
The expansion brings 16 more beds in 440-square foot rooms, and adds video monitoring of patients and enhanced communication with nurses, among other features.
The addition had been planned already, but was accelerated by at least a month to meet the demands of the COVID-19 surge, the company said.
The facility held a “virtual ribbon-cutting” earlier this week to mark the occasion.
“This new ICU is important for our trauma and critical care patients and staff,” said Maria Tassoni, a nurse manager at the facility. “It’s more modern, more spacious, and more accessible. We’re thankful to everyone who has worked on this project. It’s been a group effort, and all involved have been tremendous.”
The space will later be repurposed for surgical and other medical patients, the company said.
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