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A Room with More Than a View

Silver Cross Hospital Patients & Family Members Experience the Hospital Room of the Future—Now!

Joliet, IL (Oct. 11, 2010)—Silver Cross is making sure that all of the rooms in the replacement hospital are being built to help patients heal faster.  Now nurses and doctors will have an opportunity to find out just how much.  Over the next 15-months patients, visitors and caregivers will have an opportunity to try out a mock-patient room on the 6th floor of the current hospital.

“This is the time to get feedback so we can make any necessary changes before we build-out all 289 patient rooms in the new hospital,” said Mary Shanahan, Administrative Director of Nursing.  “We want to build the safest and most efficient rooms that will allow us to give the best possible care to our patients and their family members.”

The mock-room is the same size as medical-surgical room in the new hospital and has been retrofitted down to the very last detail.  Silver Cross wants to be able to test out as many new pieces of equipment and furniture as possible including:

  • Hand-rails to assist the patient to the bathroom
  • Chairs and couches
  • Lighting—both surgical and ambient
  • Cabinetry and shelving
  • Foot wall with sink for caregiver hand-washing
  • New patient lift
  • Flooring in the room and hallway
  • Bathroom with a door—no curtain
  • Large window with shades
  • 30” flat-screen TV system
  • Artwork and room decor


room-with-view-pic“By building a patient room now, we will know where to place necessities such as the phone, nurse call system and computer that will allow staff to chart at the bedside,” said Terri Hoogstra, 6-1 Manager.  “We will also be rotating different makes and models of furniture for patients and visitors to test out the comfort as well as durability.  And there will be new flooring outside the room so staff can see how easy it is to roll beds, wheelchairs and equipment.”

The mock-room has been designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that the new hospital will have the space, supplies and staff to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change. And as Silver Cross gets closer to the opening, staff will even be performing some procedures at the bedside such as EEGs, carotid ultrasounds and echo cardiograms. This will caregivers an opportunity to fine-tune processes now so everything is ready when the new hospital opens in February 2012.

Everyone who comes in contact with the mock-room will be surveyed—patients, visitors and caregivers.  “We really want to see how the design of the room and the way we deliver care has an impact on quality, safety and service,” adds Shanahan. 

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About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in February 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).



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