Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 16, 2014

Critical care: New BRMC unit welcomed

— — The recent completion of the new $5.1 million critical care unit at Bluefield Regional Medical Center marks another welcomed milestone in health care services for our region.

The new critical care unit opened last week. It is named in honor of Dr. John Brookins Taylor, a retired physician better known by many Bluefield residents simply as Doc T. The new addition combines the intensive care units and cardiac care units at the hospital into a new state-of-the-art critical care unit. The new addition has 17 private room beds, and allows the staff to focus more on effective control, patient privacy and patient comfort, according to David Rumley, RN, BSN, clinical director of cardiac services at BRMC.

Each of the new private rooms has bedside monitoring, new furnishings and its own bathroom. The unit also has waiting and consultation rooms, plus a centralized nursing station to ensure close proximity of nurses and the medical staff to patients.

“Not many hospitals can talk about growth in this environment, and we are fortunate to have this growth,” BRMC CEO Bill Hawley said  last week. “It is a very modern, beautiful unit, and we are pleased to serve our patients and our physicians with this unit. This unit also demonstrates our commitment to this region. This is a $5.1 million project, and after this year, this hospital will have invested approximately $30 million into capital projects in this facility to serve this community and the region.”

We, too, welcome this continued investment into the future of BRMC and our region’s health care system. Having high-quality health care close to home — and modern facilities to serve those patients and their families who are experiencing an emergency — is vital to the continued growth of the two Bluefields, and Mercer County as a whole.

 

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