Madigan Army Medical Center opened an eight-bed specialty care unit Wednesday, the next step of a $1 million project to reduce referrals to outside hospitals and time spent in intensive care units.
Te new eight-bed unit contains a pediatric intensive care unit and an adult progressive care unit. The pediatric ICU is designed to provide critical-care services to children. The progressive care unit is for adults who require critical-care nursing but don’t quite need a stay in an intensive care unit because their injury or illness has stabilized.
The cost to get the unit started – including new equipment, facility renovations and additional staff – cost almost $1 million. It’s expected to treat several hundred patients each year.