Increasing the patient experience with the opening of additional private rooms

Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital cut the ribbon today and is prepared to welcome patients on the newest floor within the Youngstown facility. 7 West Extension is the new home of 22 private patient rooms that will provide enhanced intermediary and telemetry care.

As health care continues to evolve and patients continue to drive the way health care is being accessed and delivered, the transformation within hospitals from double occupancy patient rooms to private rooms is the future of hospital-based care. “We need to remain responsive to the needs of our patients and their families.” said Lori DeNiro, Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health – Youngstown. “Providing a private place for healing and respite is undoubtedly enhancing their recovery and getting them back to their life quicker” she added.

In addition to privacy, these new rooms are fully electronic and are capable to of the latest technologies for monitoring patients that are chronically ill and those that may require around the clock monitoring. It will also allow for a more connected patient experience with tablets hanging on each of the doorways outside the patient’s room that will alert guests and medical staff of important notifications or requirements before entering. All digital “white boards” will allow nurses and physicians to display images and other critical care information to the family and patient in a more efficient and interactive method.

Currently, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital is the only Mercy Health – Youngstown facility that has all private patient rooms. These new rooms at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital are part of the continued effort to bring all Mercy Health – Youngstown patients private rooms at St. Elizabeth Youngstown and St. Joseph Warren Hospitals over the next several years.