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For Immediate Release April 04, 2016

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will soon open a newly-renovated critical care unit that will provide greater efficiency for nursing care and provide improved line of sight to beds from a new and more central nursing and physician work station, hospital officials have announced.

The renovation, being constructed by Whiting Turner Contracting, is a three-month project undertaken to modernize and integrate the critical care area into the 2 North wing of the hospital. 

According to Mary Jo Keefe, director of nursing services at the hospital, the renovation project will not affect the total number of hospital beds, which is 30, but the more open plan and the relocated central nursing station will enable nurses on the floor to provide care to all patients more safely and efficiently.

The renovation project includes: the creation of the new, more modern nursing and physicians station; the addition of a private bathroom in one patient room that can be used to isolate patients with airborne infections; the installation of ceiling-mounted equipment for safe patient lifting in two rooms; new finishes in the integrated unit; and new paint in the north corridor.

The renovation is made possible with the support of the community through donations to the Chester River Health Foundation, which committed $233,000 of the total $283,000 cost of the project. “The construction to modernize our hospital’s Critical Care Unit is another project in a long list of improvements made since I became a member of the Chester River Health Foundation six years ago,” says Bill Noll, who chairs the Foundation Board. 

 “Through the generosity of the community and the University of Maryland Medical System as well as the support of Shore Regional Health, millions of dollars have been invested in our hospital,” Noll continues. “The list includes the modernization of the Emergency Department, the Leh Women’s Center and many other improvements that not all patients notice but that certainly go to enhancing the quality of the health care they receive locally. My hope is that the community we serve will continue to support our Foundation through generous donations and participation in our fundraisers such as the golf tournament and the upcoming Casino Night for Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.”

Says Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health, “We are very grateful to the Chester River Health Foundation Board and the many donors to the Foundation who have made this renovation possible and we are confident that once completed, it will support our nursing and medical staff in providing the best possible inpatient and critical care for our patients in the region.” 

The renovation project, which began in mid-February, is on schedule for completion within the next four to five weeks. “The construction is moving along very smoothly and the new unit should be ready for patient care in early May,” says Bob Frank, UM SRH senior vice president, operations and acting site administrator for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Floor plan shows the layout of the Critical Care Unit and 2 North once the renovation project, which opens up the unit and includes a central, modern workstation for physicians and nurses.