Sierra Vista Announces Patient Room Modernization Project 
Ron Yukelson 
Monday, 06 December 2010 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has received funding from corporate parent Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) to refurbish patient rooms and common areas throughout the hospital. The $650,000 project commenced earlier this month.

“Sierra Vista is a 50-year old facility in need of an interior revitalization that will add soothing colors, modern technology and many other elements that contribute to a healing environment,” said Joseph DeSchryver, chief operating officer.

The project, which will be fully funded by hospital operations and will not seek community donations, includes the following:

·        Fresh paint in all clinical areas

·        Updated and additional artwork for patient rooms, nursing units and common areas

·        New patient room furniture including over bed tables, night stands and guest chairs

·        Modernized patient bathrooms

·        Flat screen televisions in patient rooms

·        New window coverings

·        New patient room doors for added soundproofing

The new project is in addition to an $800,000 refurbishment completed in 2008.

During the past three years Sierra Vista has also purchased some of the most modern medical technology for the community including the daVinci Surgical Robot ($1.8 million), 64-slice CT Scanner ($800,000), Newborn Intensive Care Unit expansion ($1.75 million) and surgery replacement equipment ($1.1 million). Sierra Vista recently completed the second phase of a multi-million dollar electronic medical records upgrade and a helistop is also proposed to be added to the Sierra Vista campus next year at a cost of $1.8 million.

“Consistently focusing on quality, service and innovation is part of Sierra Vista’s ongoing commitment to be a community leader and exemplary corporate citizen,” DeSchryver said. “We recognize that we not only must provide outstanding clinical services but also focus on creating a healing environment.”