PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Health System (SRHS) celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated Southeast Tower at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula Thursday afternoon.
Officials say it will house patients from several departments. The remodeling took a little more than a year to complete. Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Randy Roth says it's like moving into a new house with much nicer surroundings to care for patients.
A SRHS nurse shows off a new call light system now located in each of the new patient rooms. A green light located outside of each of the rooms means the patient is in pain. Hospital leaders say the new renovations will make this facility more inviting to patients and their guests.
"You want the current patient in today's environment to basically have hotel like amenities when they come to the hospital and we already had the outstanding staff, the outstanding physicians. The thing that we lacked a little bit was just that modern facility," said SRHS CEO Kevin Holland.
Walk into a room and you'll see what he's talking about. Each includes new furniture and new computers on adjustable wall mounts.
"We have online access for our EMR in every room. So we can show patients x-rays and images in the room. And every room has its own bathroom. That may not sound like much, but it's a huge deal," said SRHS Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Randy Roth.
Patient Care Manager Mary Walton says the renovations incorporate feedback from hospital employees and patients.
"Some of the things we focused the rooms around were patient safety. From our IV pumps, to the patient beds, to the level of the floor in the showers, pretty much everything," said Walton.
Lowering the noise level was also factored in.
"The patient's rooms will be split towards the ends of the hall, so it would be quieter and help in their recovery," said Walton.
After 18 months of construction patients will begin using the newly renovated tower this Monday.
The costs for the renovations were $6.3 million. There is a final phase to the project. In nine months Singing River Hospital will also see all new windows and a new roof that is being paid for through a $17 FEMA grant.