In its new location at U.S. 30 and Indiana 205 in Columbia City, Parkview Whitley Hospital has increased its visibility and accessibility, as well as the services it provides.
The $41.5 million hospital opened on 42 partially wooded acres Oct. 20. The new 165,500-square-foot facility features all-private rooms and expanded services, including:
*HeartSmart CT technology.
*Enhanced MRI technology.
*Larger surgical suites.
The previous Parkview Whitley hospital was 140,000 square feet and was at 353 N. Oak in Columbia City.
Since the new hospital has been open, it has seen a 12.8 percent increase in inpatient volumes, said Parkview spokesman John Perlich. As of mid-May, 122 babies had been born at the new hospital, which includes a Family Birthing Center with five private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms.
Other features of the new hospital include:
*21 private inpatient medical/surgical rooms, each 303 square feet in size.
*Four Constant Care Unit rooms.
*Two flat-panel televisions in each room; one for the patient and one for the family.
*A larger, more efficient, more private Emergency Department with a larger triage area, two private trauma rooms and eight emergency exam rooms.
A 40,000-square-foot medical office building on the campus provides physical rehabilitation services, a sleep disorders lab, clinics and Parkview Physicians Group physicians. A 5,500-square-foot ambulance building houses Parkview Whitley's Emergency Medical Services.
“Our new facility is a tremendous benefit to patients, families and the community,” said Scott Gabriel, chief operating officer, Parkview Whitley Hospital.
“The hospital design and patient care areas are focused on safety, comfort and convenience. We've incorporated best practices from across the country in order to make the patient experience the best it can be. Together, our physicians, nurses and staff are utilizing the latest in medical technology and work processes to provide excellent care to patients and families.”
The new hospital already has received national recognition.
It was one of six hospitals in the nation to receive the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Award from the American Nurses Association.
The award recognizes sustained overall excellence in nursing quality indicators.
Of the six categories in which hospitals are measured, Parkview Whitley won in the community hospital category for 2011.
Also, Parkview Whitley has been awarded a 2012 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence by VHA. This award honors the hospital for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care and improving the patient experience.
Parkview Whitley is one of 28 nonprofit hospitals out of more than 1,350 VHA-member hospitals to receive a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence.