Pinnacle Hospital officially opened its intensive care unit on April 6, 2015 in order to better serve patients who require more extensive treatment.
The Crown Point facility, which is physician-owned for-profit hospital, marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring hospital co-owner Dr. William Pierce, nurses and staff.
“Today’s the day,” Pierce said.
Pierce said the decision was made to invest in the 18-bed facility in order to be better able to treat patients who require more acute care and eliminate the need to transfer them to other health care facilities. Pinnacle COO Patty Hart said ICU patients, who have undergone heart or surgical procedures, may be too fragile to move.
Pierce said the hospital’s investment included purchasing heart monitors and other ICU equipment, hiring qualified ICU nurses, and meeting numerous state and federal regulations. Hart said the hospital embarked on the project about three years ago.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our board of directors and our CEO, Haroon Ansari,” Hart said.
The upgrades won’t necessarliy increase the number of patients served, Pierce said.
“Our beds remain the same because we converted two regular rooms to ICU rooms,” Pierce said.
By Christin Nance Lazerus