Photo: Pictured is one of the patient rooms in Hamilton Medical Center’s newly renovated Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Originally dedicated on Nov. 24, 1963, the B. J. Bandy – Chrissie McCutchen Medical Intensive Care Pavilion was described as a new concept in hospital care by the late Paul Bradley, MD. Now, more than 50 years later, the unit, also known as the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), has been renovated and expanded.
The Pavilion memorializes the lives of two former Dalton area citizens, B. J. Bandy, regarded as a man of vision in the tufted industry, and Chrissie McCutchen, a distinguished younger citizen who unexpectedly passed away.
The new unit includes 14 state-of-the-art rooms with expanded space for patient clinical services and family. The private patient rooms are arranged around a centralized nursing station for greater efficiency of care and have been expanded from between 115 and 140 square feet to more than 400 square feet. The floor plan is designed to support the most current therapies and treatments used in critical care medicine while also promoting patient safety.
The patient family waiting areas have been enlarged, with amenities added to enhance comfort. A family consult area also was added. The new space has been designed to improve privacy and confidentiality capabilities.
As part of the project, the Emergency Department lobby (directly under the new MICU) more than doubled, expanding from 1,674 to 3,320 square feet. More than 2,600 square feet of the Emergency Department triage area was renovated as well.
“This expansion provides a new level of specialized and professional patient care for residents of this region,” said Mike Allen, director of Critical Care and Emergency Department. “The technology upgrades and additional space will allow us to accommodate the growing number of patients requiring specialized intensive care.”