Patients at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington are now benefiting from new state-of-the-art beds.
The 154 new beds, part of the $42.5 million municipal bond refunding and refinancing initiative, replace existing beds in the medical, surgical, nephrology and critical care units, as well as the childbirth center.
“This is a significant investment into the well-being of the patients,” said Chief Nursing Officer Suzanne Smith. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to provide both great care and technology for the staff and for the patients.”
The new beds are wider and designed to provide more comfort for patients. They include state-of-the-art mattresses, which help prevent skin break down and convenient in-bed scales that expedite work for the nursing staff.
The intensive care unit beds include technology specific to the ICU to help patients in critical condition who are unable to move themselves. All of the beds allow for easy mobility, increasing patient safety and comfort.
“It enhances the workflow for the nurses, but they are also excited because they know that it makes it more comfortable for the patient, and that is important to the nursing staff,” Smith said.
San Juan Regional donated 15 of the replaced beds to the American Initiative for Health and Wellness in Africa, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Pagosa Springs that strives to improve health care in Nigeria through medical education, medical missions, financial support for patients and counseling and mental health services.
In addition, one bed was donated to San Juan College. Several more beds will be placed in reserve at San Juan Regional in case there is a need for increased patient volumes.
To see a video of the beds as they arrived and were taken up to the floors, visit youtu.be/3zDihm6fcXU.