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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Fort Wayne VA Medical Center cut the ribbon unveiling their new modernized in-patient fourth floor wing of rooms.
"We've got private patient rooms with private bathrooms. In our old unit, the units were semi private so we had our people in a room with communal bathrooms where you had to take turns going to the bathroom," Michelle Martin, Chief Nurse for Operations said.
She said by doing this, the facility will be meeting market standards, and allowing more ability to take care of people individually to keep them there at the hospital.
"We're about half way done for the renovation. We've got nine med surg beds for our medical surgical patients, and today we're standing in the ICU. We've got four state of the art ICU rooms for veterans who need the intensive care unit," Martin said.
After the ribbon cutting and tour of the fourth floor, everyone headed to the basement to check out the new sterile processing service that will help them sterilize all of their equipment on site instead of shipping the equipment back and forth to their Marion facility. Limiting travel and expanding services is the goal.
"You will see a new emergency department. you will see a new front entrance to this facility. you will see additional parking for this facility. you will see a primary care expansion," John Shaley, Assistant Director for the Health Care System said.
Shaley said all of that is a part of a 5 year plan the VA Northern Indiana Executive Leadership has in place.
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