My stay in the new Single Stay Units at Everett Medical Center

Providence opens $4.5 million,
one-stop cardiac care unit

One of the main features of a new $4.5 million cardiac care unit at Providence Everett Medical Center is what wonít happen to patients.

Rather than shuffling them from critical care to recovery units as their condition improves one or two days after surgery, patients will stay in one room.

The result is more convenience for patients, hospital stays cut by a half-day and quicker recoveries, said Tom Brennan, assistant administrator for the heart program.

The July opening of the 15-bed unit comes 20 years after the first heart surgery was performed at the hospital. Last year, 573 heart surgeries took place there. This year, the hospital expects to treat 650 heart surgery patients, with about half treated in the new unit, said Michelle James, manager of the new care unit.

Everettís new single-room cardiac unit is thought to be the first of its kind in Washington, said Dr. Jim Brevig, who helped launch the project. Itís modeled after similar units at Loma Linda Medical Center in Southern California and Methodist Hospital at Indiana University.

The Everett hospital has a similar one-room concept for labor and delivery in its birth unit, which opened in May 2002
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