By Robert A. Poarch
After an injury, a major part of healing in a hospital involves resting in a comfortable, stress-free environment. Patients of the new Mission Hospital North Tower (opening fall 2019) will be able to recover in a space designed for maximum healing. From the latest technology to aesthetically pleasing furnishings to family-friendly amenities, every aspect of the new 220 standardized patient rooms in the North Tower is ideal for getting patients back to their lives as soon as possible.
Residents of western North Carolina are pretty lucky to be surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. And, since nature has been proven to help recovering patients rest better and heal quicker, each room offers large windows. The larger the window, the more natural light enters each room, which helps reduce depression and anxiety, improve quality of sleep and shorten length of stay.
Each room helps foster calm and therapeutic vibes with materials that are pleasing to the eye, support noise-friendly privacy and help resist hospital-associated infections.
The comfort of your family and guests wasn’t overlooked. Each room has three distinct zones – patient zone, family zone and nursing zone – that maximize comfort and function for everyone. With a lounge area, there’s plenty of room and seating options for your visitors to avoid feeling crowded. A pull-out bed even lets family get a restful night’s sleep.
Patient rooms in the North Tower also feature state-of-the-art healthcare technology, starting with the star of the room, a Hill-Rom Centrella bed with lots of personalized comfort settings, a warning system to help prevent falls, nurse call buttons and access to entertainment options. All patient rooms also feature a Tollos ceiling lift that helps ensure patients feel secure during moves.
Each room includes a 55-inch high definition smart television, which does double duty – aiding with patient care and providing entertainment. To help separate patients from noise, such as family members watching television, “audio spotlight” tech focuses sound through a narrow beam without disturbing the patient. The TV provides viewing of your Mission Health record and medical chart, real-time pain management assessment tools, information about each caregiver who enters your room, discharge information, health education videos and cafeteria menu items. TV entertainment options for patients include DirectTV, movies on demand and video games such as solitaire and Brick Breaker.