Mercy Hospital Clermont celebrated the opening of its new intensive care unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Jan. 18.
The brand new $4.5 million ICU marks the completion of the second phase of a three phase expansion project at the hospital.
ICU Director Libby Harvey, who is known fondly as ‘the little lady’ by the hospital’s staff, said that she was thrilled to be a part of the hospital’s continued growth.
“The completion of the new ICU is another huge step in providing the highest quality health care to our community,” she said in her remarks. “The new unit is something that we are all very grateful for and take tremendous pride in.”
The Mercy Hospital Clermont $18 million three-phase expansion project includes a three-story physician pavilion and a new main entrance which was completed last year, the now completed intensive care unit, and a complete renovation of the existing ICU patient rooms which is scheduled to commence in the spring.
The new ICU, which has 16 private rooms, offers a variety of amenities in its 16,000 square feet of space, such as flat screen televisions, wi-fi, more space for visitors, natural light, and closer proximity to the nurses' stations.
A very proud Gayle Heintzelman, hospital president and CEO, said, "We are all excited to open this new unit and be able to provide a very safe and comfortable environment that is designed specifically for our critically ill patients."
"This would not have been possible without the tremendous work of our staff, our physicians, and the support of the community," she said.
More than 100 community members and assorted dignitaries attended the ceremony.
Mercy Hospital Clermont has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Solucient (a leader in the country's healthcare information) for the second time.
Hospital public relations director Pete Gemmer said that as an award-winning hospital that is growing with the county, the new ICU is just one more way that the hospital is staying ahead of the growth and building upon that excellence every day.
ICU Director Harvey closed the ceremony by saying that personal, passionate care has always been a hallmark at the hospital.
"Now, with this wonderful new ICU, you can really see it."