New Patient Tower Grand Opening Event

June 28, 2011

Here’s a short video from our New Patient Tower Grand Opening on Sunday, June 26, 2011. We were excited to host a crowd for food, tours, health screenings and music.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from this event and the others last week!

New Patient Tower Ribbon Cutting

June 23, 2011

Yesterday, June 22, 2011 employees joined the Board of Trustees and Boone Hospital Center and BJC administarion in cutting the ribbon on the New Patient Tower. The event lasted all morning and included food, music, a time capsule display and a presentation. Here’s a peak at the celebration…

Also check out the media coverage from The Columbia Tribune, The Columbia Missourian, KMIZ-17 , KRCG-13 and KOMU-8.

Thanks to all who came out and we can’t wait to have the community join us on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. for our open house!

Celebrate YOUR new patient tower

June 20, 2011

Please join us as we celebrate the future of health care at Boone Hospital Center.

We are hosting a Grand Opening for our new patient tower on June 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited. See a map.

Come learn about how our 128 private patient rooms will make health care safer for our patients and more comfortable for their families. Come see how we took some of the latest ideas in environmentally-friendly design and applied them in a health care setting. Find out how this amazing building raises the bar for health care in mid-Missouri.

This is your new patient tower.

Healing by design

June 15, 2011

Safety is built into every aspect of Boone’s new patient tower.

Walking down the hall, past the rooms inside Boone Hospital Center’s new patient tower, one of the first things that stands out is how the entryway to each room is slightly angled from the wall.

It’s an unusual sight.

In comparison to a traditional hallway, with the entries flat along the corridor, these doors are gently staggered, angled toward the patient’s bed.

As it turns out, the design choice goes beyond aesthetics. Hospital leaders chose to angle the doors so that doctors, nurses and caregivers could see the patient as they pass each room.

That way, a nurse just walking down the hall for another purpose can informally check the status of a dozen patients as he or she passes. More eyes on each patient mean any problems are spotted sooner and care is provided more quickly.

This attention to detail and focus on safety is everywhere inside the new patient tower.

“We’ve really focused on evidence-based practice, and how we can make our patients safer,” said Monica Smith, Boone Hospital Intensive Care Unit director. “We have put a lot of thought into working safety into our design.”

An example of a safe shower in the New Patient Tower

For example, when hospital leaders were deciding where to place the restrooms inside each patient room, they looked to the research. They found that most hospital falls happen while patients are using the restroom or moving to and from restroom.The answer was to move the restrooms closer to the patient beds and ensure they are more accessible from the bed. It’s a simple change but one that will make a meaningful difference in helping reduce dangerous falls.

Every patient room is also structured and organized for same-handedness, meaning all the equipment and supplies are located in the same location in each room.

“If you are a nurse who goes from one floor to another, you will know where everything is,” Smith said. “You don’t have to go hunting for supplies, you are more efficient and it doesn’t take any time away from caring for the patient.”

Another time-saving safety feature is the new tower’s decentralized nursing stations. Traditionally, the caregivers in each hospital unit are based around a central nursing station. This new design places smaller stations nearer to the patient rooms, allowing nurses to be more responsive and pay closer attention to patient needs.

The new rooms were also created with a focus on ensuring patients have a comforting healing environment that goes well beyond the traditional hospital setting. Read the rest of this entry »

Healing Garden brings peace and beauty to hospital campus

June 13, 2011

Barb Danuser has a vision.

Her vision sits in the open space between Boone Hospital Center’s new patient tower and the existing hospital wing that houses the Boone Family Birthplace and other services.
At the tower’s opening, there will be a simple green lawn and a quiet path in the space. But Barb sees more.

“When I walk past that area, I think of a patient looking out of the window and seeing not just a lawn but beautiful flowers, trees, water — this wonderful natural scene right outside their room. I think of the families who need a moment to themselves, and who can step outside into this serene environment,” said Danuser. “Turning this space into a garden would transform the hospital experience.”

Danuser, director of the Boone Hospital Foundation, is working to do just that. She is currently raising money to create a Healing Garden in the open space. This planned Healing Garden is part of a new trend of adding gardens to hospital campuses. While hospitals are discovering the benefit of gardens, the idea that natural beauty aids healing goes back hundreds of years.

Europe’s monasteries built during the Middle Ages included intricate gardens intended to help sick people and distract them from their illnesses. The idea persisted even up through the 1800s when American hospitals as well as those in Europe often included gardens.

But with the medical advances of the 1900s — Boone County Hospital opened in 1921 — the focus in hospital construction turned to infection prevention, efficiency and functionality. Gardens were gradually phased out.

In recent years, hospitals have started to rediscover the garden concept. And new academic research shows that the caregivers hundreds of years ago were right — the gardens have a positive impact on patient outcomes. A number of academic studies conducted during the 1990s show that hospital gardens reduce stress and improve satisfaction among hospital patients. Even more exciting are studies that suggest that gardens can actually help lessen pain, shorten hospital stays and decrease post-surgical complications. Read the rest of this entry »

Spoonheads rising — watch our logo go up on the new patient tower

May 12, 2011

On May 10, workers installed our famous “spoonhead” logo atop our new patient tower. Watch the action in super-fast motion.

Watch it now — New patient tower ad campaign

May 2, 2011

We have begun advertising in preparation for the opening of our new patient tower. Check out our two new television commercials:


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