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Medical Surgical Unit Provides New Type of Patient and Family Experience
The Medical Surgical Unit at Sharp Coronado has just been remodeled. Upgrades have created a technologically updated and comfortable place where caregivers can provide the best health care experience for patients and their families.
"The second floor has been redesigned to enhance healing through the use of natural elements," said Susan Stone, chief nursing officer and chief officer of operations at Sharp Coronado Hospital. "We are breaking down the barriers that historically separated the hospital team from families and patients, and we welcome them to share our space and interact with us."
The hospital’s Medical Surgical Unit houses patients who are receiving medicine and treatment or who are recovering from surgery. This renovation changes the floor’s 30 patient rooms, corridors and shared work areas for the first time in the past 20 years.
New flooring and wall coverings have a design scheme that emphasizes nature and serenity – a key component of the Planetree patient-centered model of care practiced at Sharp Coronado. Colors are blues, yellows and greens that bring a warm and soothing feel to the healing environment.
In addition, the traditional nurse’s station has been eliminated, and the space has been turned into a "family lounge area" where interaction can take place outside of patient rooms. The lounge is similar to a home’s great room, and family members have access to a kitchen, a consumer library, computer workstations, comfortable seating, and an electronic status board keeping them posted on their family members’ whereabouts and status. The area also has wi-fi capability.
"The new environment is reflective of the level of patient-centered service excellence and personalized engagement that has been present at Sharp Coronado for years," noted Stone. "This project is geared to increase patient and family education and comfort when they receive care."
The upgrade is part of Phase I of Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Project 20/20, an endeavor that will make Sharp Coronado one of the most unique, reputable and exemplary community hospitals in the nation. Funding from the City of Coronado’s $10 million matching grant has helped to make this project possible.
For more information
Individuals interested in learning more about Sharp Coronado, or who would like to arrange a guided tour, contact Harriet Sangrey at 619-522-3756.