PAPILLION, Neb.—A major enhancement and renovation planned for the Alegent Health Midlands Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is getting a generous $81,000 gift from the Midlands Hospital Auxiliary. The facelift is part of the hospital’s multi-million dollar expansion project to meet the growing and changing health care needs of the Sarpy-Cass County community. And with more than 23,000 patients expected to come through the doors of the Midlands Hospital Emergency Department in 2007, cardiac related issues will likely rank among the top diagnoses ED physicians will make, a major reason the Auxiliary decided to lend its support to the cardiac rehab center.
“Despite plenty of media attention and education surrounding coronary heart disease, heart related issues remain the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. Stroke ranks third on the list and is also a leading cause of serious disability. The Midlands Hospital Auxiliary recognizes these sobering facts and we want to make a difference,” said Jeanette Ross, president of the Midlands Hospital Auxiliary.
Ross says the Midlands Hospital Auxiliary is made up of 170-members who annually provide 20,000 hours of service volunteering in various areas including the gift shop, welcome center and additional support where needed. The Auxiliary earns fundraising dollars from gift shop sales and annual holiday fruitcake sales. The Auxiliary’s Board of Directors made the decision to support the continued growth of the Cardiovascular Services, part of a $40 million dollar initiative Alegent Health Midlands Hospital announced last month to implement a “new generation” of health care and advance the hospital’s facilities and services.
Preliminary plans call for the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, currently located on the hospital’s fourth floor, to be relocated to the ground level, allowing for easier access for cardiac rehab patients. The department will also provide additional equipment to serve more people as well as shower and locker room facilities. Sessions and courses will also focus on reducing and eliminating such high-risk factors including physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, stress, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and tobacco use.
A new component of the department—The Lifestyle Center—will focus on community education and early intervention. The Center will feature an education and activity room for community members interested in learning more about cardiac health and healthy living through diet, exercise and stress management. A public-use computer will have Internet access, cardiac related software and a research/lending library where the public can check out health-focused items including videos, DVDs, music CDs, periodicals and books for use at home.
In addition to the transformation of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, as part of Generation Patient, additional changes currently planned for Midlands Hospital include:
Expansion of the Emergency Department.
A new Intensive Care Unit.
Transitioning to 100% private patient rooms.
Enhancements to Surgical Services.
Expansion and renovation of diagnostic imaging (radiology) services.
Construction of a medical office building, with physician offices and convenient outpatient services.
New clinical laboratory.
Significant additions of primary care and specialist physicians.
The first phase of building will begin in November with the construction of a new clinical laboratory, a necessary first step to allow expansion of the Emergency Department. Groundbreaking for the expansion will take place in Spring 2007.