Northwest Community Hospital News

4/8/2010 2:00:00 PM CENTRAL
Updated: 4/8/2010 2:54:44 PM CENTRAL
For more information, contact Patrick Reilly.
Media invited to preview Northwest Community Hospital's new South Pavilion
What: NCH’s South Pavilion VIP and Ribbon Cutting event, which includes a 15-minute ceremony with remarks from hospital leaders, followed by building tours.

When: Wednesday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (speeches and ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights.

Who: Invitation-only event that includes dignitaries from throughout the community. All members of the media are welcome. Please contact Blaine Krage in NCH’s Public Relations Office at 847.618.5516 or bkrage@nch.org.

Why: The state-of-the-art South Pavilion, which adds 284,000 square feet to the hospital, has been designed to create the ultimate healing environment like patients have never experienced before. The new nine-story addition opens May 1, featuring 200 private patient rooms and several specialized units. Learn about the building’s innovative features and take tours of select floors such as the new Critical Care Unit, Labor and Delivery area, and Special Care Nursery.

With views of rooftop gardens, the use of soothing colors, and a focus on calm and quiet surroundings, everything about this highly researched healthcare environment integrates evidence-based design to promote faster healing. Natural light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Handrails run between patient beds and private bathrooms to make navigation easier and safer. A comfortable sofa in every room allows a family member to spend the night. Balconies on each floor encourage patients and families to enjoy a breath of fresh air.

Advanced monitoring and treatment technologies are built into every patient room, along with Wi-Fi access. Multiple nursing stations on each floor, and an enhanced nurse call system, help caregivers arrive at the bedside faster. With nutrition being a key part of a patient’s recovery, a new Cuisine on Call program allows patients throughout the hospital to order freshly prepared meals at the specific time they are ready to eat.

The efficient use of energy, water and materials in the South Pavilion protects the environment and reduces long-term costs. These features put the South Pavilion on track to become LEED certified – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – reflecting NCH’s commitment to being an environmentally responsible hospital.