By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The new Madison County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) will be holding a grand opening at their new location at 309 NE Marion Street in downtown Madison. The 22.5 million dollar state-of-the-art facility is twice the size of the old hospital, coming in at just under 60,000 square feet.
The new hospital is equipped with 25 rooms, equal to the number of rooms in the old hospital, but juggling patients to accommodate the same genders in one room, worry about spread of infection and automatically sending critical patients to out-of-town hospitals will be a thing of the past.
The hospital will have two floors, with the bottom floor made up of outpatient services, emergency room, administrative offices, surgical rooms, radiology, laboratory, dietary services and a chapel. The top floor will accommodate all 25 private patient rooms, a patient activity room, physical therapy and rehabilitation that will house the most up-to-date equipment available and a pharmacy.
The hospital will now offer four types of patient rooms. Standard Rooms will be a private room with a bed, couch and recliner that pulls out to make additional beds for family and a private bath. The hospital has two rooms of the second type. Family Rooms are designed with an adjoining door between two rooms where the patients will be in one room while the family can stay in the other room. This service is offered free-of-charge and will depend on availability. The third type patient room is a Negative Pressure Room designed for patients with an infectious disease. A foyer creates a barrier, allowing staff and visitors to close the hall door before opening the door to the patient room. The ventilation is also designed so that air comes into the room, but only vents out through the ceiling. The fourth type of patient room is a Special Needs Room, designed for patients who are not critical enough to be admitted to Intensive Care, but need to be monitored more closely than the average patient. These rooms are positioned in close proximity to the nurse’s station for quick access.
The building and rooms aren’t the only new things about the hospital. All digital and completely up-to-date equipment will be used in the new facility and includes: a 12-disk digital EKG machine that a person coming in through the Emergency Room will have hooked up to them, in order for doctors (cardiologist and neurologists) in Tallahassee to access their readings as soon as they’re checked in at triage in Madison; a computer-aided-detection machine for mammography will now be able to detect the smallest microscopic abnormalities; a 3D/4D ultra-sound machine will allow an expectant mother to see what her unborn child actually looks like in the womb; and a person suffering from a stroke will now be able to have a CT scan that will show 16 images of the brain in three minutes to detect the type of stroke they are undergoing, drastically accelerating treatment time.
Other notable and new services the hospital will include are: a portable MRI for MCMH patients; a helicopter pad for those persons who need quick access to a different facility, will no longer need to be transported to Lanier Field, but can now leave directly from the hospital; a swing bed program where patients from Tallahassee can come to rehabilitate and recover; and an affiliation with Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and Capital Regional Medical Center that will enable the hospital and staff to tap into certain resources that will increase treatment options for Madisonians.
For those who would still like a tour of the hospital, tours will be given now through Friday, July 25. Individual or group tours can be made by reservation only, at 9 a.m. or 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule a tour, contact Ted Ensminger at (850) 973-2271. For more information about MCMH, you can visit their website at www.mcmh.us.