US-based Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has opened a new patient care unit, in a bid to expand services in north-west Houston.
Opened in the hospital’s North Pavilion with 36 beds, the new unit features open nursing stations, which allow patient rooms to be visible at all times.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital CEO Beryl Ramsey said: "We are proud to open this advanced patient care unit and expand our services to meet the needs of our growing community and growing patient population.
"In planning for this expansion, we brought together patients, families, hospital staff and physicians to provide input and help us create a healing environment focused on patient safety and quality."
According to Houston Methodist, the unit also includes advanced monitoring capabilities, room service on demand and spacious patient rooms.
As part of a major hospital expansion, Houston Methodist opened the North Pavilion in 2010, with three additional floors providing space for 108 patient rooms.
The patient care unit is the first of additional shelled floors for patient rooms, noted Houston Methodist.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital chief nursing officer and vice-president Sheila Fata said: "The entire unit has been designed with the visibility and technology to allow transitions in the level of care provided with no additional construction.
Image: Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital CEO Beryl Ramsey. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire – USNewswire / Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.