New ICU Addition
The Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation is contributing $4 million to the new Intensive Care Unit at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC). This is the second largest donation ever for the Medical Foundation, behind a $4.775 million gift to Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center for radiation equipment.
“That’s our mission” said HRMF President Jim Gilliland “to receive gifts and memorials from people who have a good association with the hospital and want to give charitably. We accumulate that, invest it, and, when the need arises, offer help.”
Construction of the new ICU facility began in early 2017. The new ICU facility will be a renovation of the previous ICU facility with an extension added to the north side of HRMC.
According to hospital CEO Ken Johnson, the new ICU will provide the best means to address the sickest patients. Johnson went on to say, “As we look to the next 10 to 20 years down the road, developing this unit will give us the opportunity to take care of our community; to take care of patients in Hutchinson as opposed to sending them to other facilities to receive the same level of care.”
The new ICU will be a circular, 25,000-plus square foot facility. Eighteen rooms will be 300 to 400 square feet, nearly double the size of the previous ICU rooms. Over the bed booms will allow the nurses easier access to patients. The booms will also control any wires, cables, cords, or tubes that could otherwise get in the way.