On April 25, staff from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Samaritan Hospital celebrated their first anniversary in their new unit. The festivities included a pizza party and hot dogs from Gus’s Hotdogs in Watervliet.
Part of the Troy Master Facilities Plan, the new 41,000-square-foot space is located in Samaritan’s new five-story Heinrich Medicus Pavilion. Nearly 10 times larger than the hospital’s previous ICU built in 1972, the unit doubled the number of ICU beds from 12 to 24, and created a setting that enhances the ability of nurses and physicians to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care.
According to Vance Marsett, RN, nurse manager of the unit, the larger space has enabled the nearly 100 ICU staff members to care for an average of 14-plus patients daily in addition to providing care to medical/surgical and progressive care unit patients in the ICU’s overflow beds.
Congratulations to the ICU team on making this first year a successful and memorable one!