Margaretville Hospital's Ambulatory Dept. gets significant upgrades

Margaretville Hospital officials and board members toured the recently completed renovations to the hospital’s Ambulatory Department on February 20.
All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.

The Ambulatory Department is where outpatient endoscopy procedures are performed by Kevin Dodd, MD, a gastroenterologist who sees patients at the hospital two to three times each month. The Department also cares for wound care patients who need dressing changes and those patients who require outpatient IV infusion treatments.
The Ambulatory Department renovations were started last fall and completed in January. The improvements were made possible through funding from the Margaretville Health Foundation.
Updates to the Ambulatory Department include:
• Upgrades to ceiling tiles and overhead lighting in each room and in the hallway.
• Replacement of closet doors in patient rooms.
• New protectors were added to the wall at the head of each stretcher.
• Three semi-private patient rooms were renovated and repainted.
• The procedure room was renovated and relocated next to the patient rooms.
• A new HVAC unit was installed to comply with state code.
• The Ambulatory Unit was separated from the nursing unit with a dividing wall and door to provide more privacy for patients.
• The Meditation Room was relocated to the Nursing Unit, and this space was converted into a much-needed office space for physicians, nurses and the unit secretary.
• “Wallaroos,” or fold-up desks were added adjacent to each stretcher. These desks contain a computer required to enter patient care data into the hospital’s new electronic medical record system.
Strong Foundation: The Margaretville Health Foundation recently presented a check for $30,000 to Margaretville Hospital. The funds were used to help pay for upgrades to the Ambulatory Department. Among those on hand for the formal presentation and tour of the department were, from left: Margaretville Health Foundation Development Director Iris Mead, Hospital Board Member Jenny Liddle, Hospital Executive Director Sandra Horan, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly, Foundation Board Member Carmen Lopez, Operating Room Technician Jim Baker, Foundation Board Member Don Bramley and Operating Room Technician Michelle Fernandez. — Photos by Dick SanfordStrong Foundation: The Margaretville Health Foundation recently presented a check for $30,000 to Margaretville Hospital. The funds were used to help pay for upgrades to the Ambulatory Department. Among those on hand for the formal presentation and tour of the department were, from left: Margaretville Health Foundation Development Director Iris Mead, Hospital Board Member Jenny Liddle, Hospital Executive Director Sandra Horan, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly, Foundation Board Member Carmen Lopez, Operating Room Technician Jim Baker, Foundation Board Member Don Bramley and Operating Room Technician Michelle Fernandez. — Photos by Dick Sanford
Dr. Kevin Dodd commented on the renovations, “Thanks to this donation, we have a more comfortable space to perform our endoscopic procedures, a dedicated unit with reception area for our patients, and pre- and post-endoscopy recovery rooms to allow more privacy and comfort to our patients.”
Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly, RN, said the upgrades to the Ambulatory Department are part of Margaretville Hospital’s ongoing efforts to improve patient services.
“From a nursing and patient perspective, these renovations not only improved privacy and HIPPA-compliance, but also enhance the communication among unit secretary, nurses and physicians. Additionally, the team’s work-flow efficiency has significantly improved,” Mrs. Donnelly explained.
“These changes have improved patient comfort and care and enhanced the look and feel to create a more professional environment. The staff and all those involved at Margaretville Hospital are extremely grateful and pleased with the new look and added efficiencies in the Ambulatory Department,” she added.

Margaretville Hospital is located at 42084 State Highway 28, Margaretville. For additional information about the hospital’s Ambulatory Department, please contact Marilyn Donnelly at 845 586-2631, ext. 3231.

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