New Surgical Suite
On November 1, the Providence VA Medical Center opened its new Surgical Suite. This new, state-of-the-art, $10 million Surgical Suite is approximately 14,000 square-feet in size and includes three new general operating rooms, an Angiography procedure room, a Cystoscopy procedure room, a minor procedures room, an 11-bed Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and surgical staff support rooms. The Suite has allowed the Medical Center to consolidate a number of surgical functions that are presently located in different parts of the main hospital building. Click here for photo.
New Inpatient Mental Health Unit
The Providence VA Medical Center opened its new Inpatient Mental Health Unit on Wednesday, September 15. The new inpatient mental health unit, located on the facility’s fourth floor, consists of approximately 11,500 square feet of space, to include 21 beds. All the patient rooms on the new unit have either one or two beds as well as an adjacent bathroom, thereby offering increased privacy and security, particularly for women Veterans. The new unit has specially-designed fixtures, furniture, doors, and windows that reduce the risk of injury, while increasing patient comfort. The new unit also has a warm decor, flexible community rooms, and expanded staff conferencing capabilities; several rooms have been specially outfitted to accommodate Veterans with medical care needs. Click here for photo.
New Research Building for the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine
The Providence VAMC recently conducted a dedication ceremony for its new Research building for the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine. This center is a collaboration between the Medical Center, Brown University, and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. The building comprises 23,850 square feet of basic science and clinical research space dedicated to rehabilitation research for Veterans. The construction was funded with approximately $7 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Research programs include neuro-technology, prosthetics, skeletal biology, and regenerative medicine and advanced rehabilitation techniques. The Center facilitates and encourages collaboration such as the recently announced DEKA Arm and BrainGate project. Located in the building are offices, conference rooms, a rehabilitation gym, and a Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The new Research building also houses the Center on Systems, Outcomes, and Quality in Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation—a Research Enhancement Award Program of the Health Services Research and Development department that focuses on improving systems and quality of care for vulnerable Veteran populations. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Einhorn Yaffee and Prescott Architecture & Engineering, and the construction general contractor is Gilbane, Inc. Click here for photo.
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