Busy, sometimes overwhelmed Providence St. Peter Hospital unveils 51 new patient beds
From The Olympian:
You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief on Monday as Providence St. Peter Hospital officials unveiled an important expansion: More patient beds, about half of which open Dec. 12, with more later this month.
A year-long $42 million project converted 18,500 square feet of administrative space into a 42-bed clinical decision unit that will be used to determine whether emergency room and other patients need to stay at the hospital or can be sent home.
Twenty-two of the 42 second-floor beds are set to open next week, followed by nine more on the first floor later this month.
Why not open them all at once? Because the hospital doesn’t have enough staff to do that just yet.
He said the 51 total beds represents a big improvement for staff and patients, many of whom have experienced being “boarded” in a hallway while they waited for an in-patient bed to become available.
Growth is another factor that has contributed to patient demand as Thurston County’s population has reached 300,000 people.