Inpatient Adult Medical Services
“We handle virtually everything for medical care and pre and post-op services,” says Kathy Chahanovich, RN, Nurse Manager, who has been with Harrington for 35 years. At Harrington, we coordinate all your inpatient care, working with medical specialists and surgeons as needed.
With 50 beds in two newly-renovated units in the hospital, Medical Services features personalized care and the latest technology. State-of-the-art offerings for patients include the Overhead Lift System, cardiac telemetry, and vital signs monitoring equipment. We have also a new direct nurse call system to facilitate patient care. An integrated Electronic Medical Record is currently being implemented.
Our new private and semi-private rooms, with beds that convert into chairs and flat-screen TVs, are welcome additions for many “old friends”…patients who in many cases have come to Harrington for generations. Patients appreciate our dedication to TLC (Total Local Care) and our high ratio of physicians (including hospitalists) and nurses to patients: We recorded a score of 99% in a recent Press Ganey survey on patient satisfaction.
Brand new to Harrington in 2011 is a state-of-the-art monitoring system designed to improve support to patients in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Known as the eICU program, this advanced system supplements Harrington's ICU service, which is staffed by Harrington physicians, nurses and other medical staff specialists, with ICU staff from UMass Memorial Medical Center.
The eICU program allows UMass Memorial intensivists, who are physicians trained in Intensive Care, to monitor Harrington patients in real time, through use of voice, data and video monitoring. From the eICU Support Center at UMass Memorial, an intensivist can monitor a Harrington patient's vital signs, such as blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rate, displayed on computer screens. Other patient information readily available includes the approved care plan, physician notes, current medications, x-rays and recent test results. Any abnormality in a patient's vital signs is instantly sent over the eICU secure, high-speed data lines, prompting the intensivist to closely examine the situation.
The UMass intensivists, through the use of the two-way high-resolution video cameras with enhanced audio capabilities at the patient's bedside, can conduct a quick visual assessment of the patient and also interact directly with both the Harrington medical staff and the patient.
Having an advanced system such as eICU allows Harrington to use all available resources to care for patients with cutting-edge technology in a place they prefer to stay - their local community hospital.
For special needs, we have an affiliation with cardiologists from University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Referrals from your primary care physician are necessary.
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