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Highland Hospital unveils extensive modernization plan.

Byline: Gino Fanelli

Highland Hospital, a part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, has announced an in-depth modernization planthat will provide private rooms for nearly all patients.<br />The plan willadd four levels to the current three-level southeast wing, bringing it up to size to the hospital's east and west towers. At Highland's current setup, the hospital has 261 patient care beds, 94 of which are private rooms, 124 are semi-private or shared rooms and 43 other private rooms in maternity and intensive care. The modernizationwill add 60 private patient-care rooms on the new four levels.<br />"It is imperative that we continue to modernize our facility to provide the highest-quality patient- and family-centered care, now and into the future," said Cindy Becker, vice president and chief operating officer of Highland Hospital, in a statement. "Central to this modernization project is the transition to private rooms, which will offer numerous benefits to patients from the reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections, to the positive therapeutic impact of more privacy and less noise during recovery."<br />Highland is not the first hospital to address the importance of private bedrooms. In 2012, the Canadian Standards Association, through their Z8000 national standard of planning, designing and construction of health care facilities in Canada, argued for making private beds standard. A study by Dick Zoutman, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, found that antibiotic resistant staph infections increased by 10 percent with each exposure to a new roommate.<br />Private beds, may also have the potential to reduce medical errors, falls, sleep quality and doctor-patient dialog, according to a review by Roger Ulrich of Texas A&M and Craig Zimring of the Georgia Institute of Technology.<br />In an effort toward good stewardship, Highland Hospital officials have met and will continue to meet with members of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association as the project moves forward.<br />"Highland Hospital is unique for being a community hospital as well as a neighborhood hospital," Becker added. "We are mindful of the potential neighborhood impact of any change we make, and we decided on the scope of this project after years of input from and dialog with neighbors. We will continue to work with area neighbors and businesses to listen to their feedback and to help mitigate any potential concerns."<br />Highland Hospital has applied to the city to be rezoned as a planned development district, which needs to be approved for the project to move forward. Pending approvals, the project is slated for a spring 2020 groundbreaking and spring 2022 completion date.<br /> 653-4022

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Publication:Rochester Business Journal
Date:Jul 26, 2018
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