AUSTIN KXAN - Seton Hospital in Central Austin is expanding.
On Wednesday the facility will open up a two-floor, 57,000-square-foot wing dedicated to intensive care and cardiology.
“This is for the sickest patients, those that need the most complex care,” said Dr. Carol Wratten, Vice President Medical Affairs, Seton.
Doctors said the space was needed because the current ICU was constructed in the 1970’s and was not conducive to today’s technology and practices.
“The space is kind of limiting, family may have to stand in the corner, and we sometimes have so much technology for the patient it is spilling into the hallway,” said Dr. Jordan Weingarten, Seton ICU Medical Director.
Bigger patient rooms, bathrooms, and more windows and natural light coming into the new wing are featured.
“We care more about healing spaces and bright light and peaceful surroundings to provide the kind of caring environment that promotes healing,” said Dr. Wratten.
There are also thirty additional beds in the ICU and Intermediate care wards. Something doctors believe is needed with more patients being admitted to this part of the hospital.
“This is the part of the hospital that is the busiest,” said Dr. Wratten. “More and more procedures are done in a minimally invasive way and are done as out patients and so the patients that get admitted to the hospital are sicker and require more technology and care. So where hospitals used to have a small percentage of their beds in intensive and intermediate care and now we need those beds for more complex care.”
The current ICU will be closed in phases to be renovated and updated.
The total cost for the renovations was $48 million.
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