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Provena unveils new private patient rooms

ProvenMercy Hospital recently renovated has included private rooms like this one seen here fifth floor Thursday September 13 2012. |

Provena Mercy Hospital recently renovated and has included private rooms, like this one seen here on the fifth floor on Thursday, September 13, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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AURORA — Provena Mercy Medical Center on Highland Avenue unveiled the second half of it’s private patient rooms Thursday evening.

And according to Robin Schmidt, nurse manager of cardiac telemetry, the 218 square foot rooms are “sunny, bright and easier to keep clean” than the old, double occupancy patient rooms.

The 90 new state-of-the-art rooms feature private bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and wireless Internet.

The rooms are the first in the Western suburbs to feature Telephone Initiated Guided Response, an education video system that allow patients to access information about their conditions, medical procedures and discharge instructions in English and Spanish. The systems were made possible by a Dunham Fund grant.

Private rooms will provide for decreased interruptions so patients can rest and increased privacy making it easier to have a medical discussion with a doctor or visit with family in a confidential environment.

Patients will also have the ability to personalize room temperature, lighting and noise levels.

“(Patients) who have come back are thrilled,” Schmidt said. “The private rooms made their whole experience better.”

About 40 of the new single rooms opened in January.

As part of the floor redesign, Provena installed multiple nursing stations on each floor, enhanced access to lab results in patient rooms and added additional negative air-flow rooms to enhance infection control in the hospital. All of the windows in the medical center were replaced and every patient room now features a computer station.

Thomas Russe, chairman of the Provena Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors, said the new rooms are a platform for the larger transformation the medical system is undergoing.

“We’re looking at much more than tweaking at the margins the way we presently do things,” Russe said.

The new rooms will reduce the risk of infections, but just as importantly, the more comfortable, less stressful room will contribute to a faster patient recovery.

The total renovation project cost $11 million, $1.6 million of which was funded through donations. Employees pledged $186,000 toward the project.

On Wednesday, the hospital unveiled its new logo and name under its new health care system — Presence Mercy Medical Center. The new moniker is the result of a Nov. 2011 merger between the Mokena-based Provena Health system and Resurrection health Care of Chicago. The merger creates the largest Catholic health care system in Illinois.

Provena Mercy will officially be renamed in January 2013.

All-private hospitals

Edward Hospital in Naperville was the first in the state to offer all-private rooms in 1992, according to Edward spokesman Keith Hartenberger.

All 210 of Rush-Copley Medical Center’s patient rooms have been single rooms since it moved to its campus on Ogden Avenue in Aurora in 1995.

Delnor Community Hospital also offers all-private rooms. The Geneva-based hospital made the conversion over the past five years.

Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich is also all single rooms. The hospital announced a $11 million new patient wing Thursday.

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