When a patient requires the services of the Intensive Care Unit, much is at stake.
These patients are the sickest and most vulnerable, and their families and loved ones are often under tremendous stress. It’s times like these when the details matter most.
When Lowell General Hospital designed its new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which opened in early March 2017, the needs of patients and their families came first.
Staffed with tertiary specialists from Tufts Medical Center, the Gil and Marilyn Campbell Intensive Care Unit gives patients in Greater Lowell access to the highest level of care close to home and their families.
“Instead of having ICU patients who need tertiary care in Boston, we are bringing tertiary care to Lowell,” says Dr. Greg Schumaker, Director of the Tufts MC Intensivist Program at Lowell General Hospital.
“That was our goal when we started this program, and we have succeeded. We are keeping more patients in Lowell.”
Schumaker and his fellow Tufts MC intensivists had significant input into the design of the new unit.
The new unit includes:
- Larger rooms with windows that give patients a better sense of the outside world, which reduces delirium that can accompany an ICU stay and improves recovery.
- Negative pressure rooms for patients with infectious diseases, greatly reducing the risk of the spread of infection in the unit.
- A family corridor that improves privacy for patients and visitors while reducing noise, allowing patients a more peaceful environment.
- Family meeting rooms that allows physicians a space for private conversations with family members.
The addition of the 11-bed unit, which increases Lowell General’s total number of ICU beds to 23 across its main and Saints campuses, means more patients and families will have access to these services.
It is one more way that members of Wellforce are bringing the benefits of its collaborative approach to their local communities.