Dedicated oncology unit opens for inpatients and outpatients

The fifth floor of the east wing of Blount Memorial Hospital has been renovated to include an expanded, dedicated nursing unit for oncology patients receiving inpatient care and outpatient treatments.

The 18,062-square-foot area features 26 spacious patient rooms. Divided into three main areas, the 5-east floor includes the area’s only dedicated oncology intensive care unit (OICU) which is staffed by specially trained oncology nurses who provide one-on-one monitoring. There is also an outpatient treatment area featuring comfortable recliners and hospital beds for those who are receiving high-dose chemotherapy, antibiotic therapy, injections, anticoagulation medications and other cancer treatments. It also includes an inpatient nursing unit with three negative pressure rooms, also called airborne infection isolation rooms.

The newly completed area has spacious waiting areas for family members of patients, as well as quiet, private areas for confidential family and staff consultations. In addition, with newly added wireless Internet capabilities throughout the hospital, the area is Wi-Fi accessible for those wanting to connect to the Internet while a patient or visitor.

The $2.9 million project was completed in early January and was necessitated by the increasing needs of the growing community. While the unit primarily is for oncology patients, if the need is presented, critical care and step-down patients also can be cared for in this area.

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