Donors, doctors and nurses get sneak peek at new Hinsdale Hospital patient pavilion
Hard hats were the appropriate headwear for those who got a look Oct. 6 at the new patient pavilion at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, which is scheduled to open in mid-March. | Chuck Fieldman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 16, 2011 10:55AM
The patient rooms are still empty, as are the nurse’s stations and most everything else.
But some of the doctors and nurses at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, along with some of the hospital’s donors, got a sneak peak Oct. 6 at the new patient pavilion, which is in the home stretch of construction. Work on the new addition to the hospital is scheduled to be completed in mid-February, with a mid-March opening on tap.
Included in the new area are 135 new private patient rooms with many home-like amenities, a new patient entrance on the south wing and a large lobby area with natural light.
Other features of the project include newly-designed patient units that bring caregivers closer to the bedside with ultra-modern workstations and improve patient privacy with patient-only corridors. There will be a new critical-care unit and surgical services department, plus a bright and spacious lobby and a new chapel.
The layout of the new patient pavilion is complete, and the actual construction inside is about 80 percent finished.
“The goal of the pavilion is to have everything patients use right here,” said Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “We want it to be as easy as possible for everyone who comes here.”
Paul Ryan, a cardiologist who has been on staff at the hospital for 14 years, said the new facility is a huge improvement.
“I have gotten jealous seeing what has been going on around some other hospitals,” he said. “Now, we have this, and it’s wonderful. It’s nice for me, but mostly it’s nice for the patients.
“Privacy is a big factor, and all of the patient rooms are private. It’s frustrating to be sick and be in a room with someone you don’t know. You shouldn’t be in the hospital sharing a room with a sick stranger.”
BettySue Netzel, a registered nurse who is the hospital’s director of women’s and children’s services, sees a huge upside to the new patient pavilion.
“We’re stressed when we’re in a different environment; we need peace and quiet for healing,” she said. “The setup here will allow for that much better.”