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First Patients Move into Alkek Hospital Expansion

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Alkek team roomThe surroundings may be new, but their same care team will be their constant as 48 patients wake up today on the first floor to open as part of the Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital expansion.

Last night, leukemia patients housed on the Alkek Hospital's 10th floor were moved to the 16th floor where they were settled into spacious rooms each with a large picture window, a cozy sitting area for family complete with pullout sleeping accommodations, Internet connections, expanded work desk and business area, and two flat screen televisions. The rooms have cherry hardwood-look flooring and are painted in soft earth tones. A full private bathroom is located between the patient's bed and the family's sitting alcove.  

Nurses and health care teams reported to work this morning in new surroundings as well with decentralized work stations much closer to patient rooms, rather than a single nursing station.

The nurses' work areas are complemented by meeting areas for multidisciplinary teams that feature new technology. Nurses also are able to check on patients through a small observation window with blinds in each room, allowing patients more privacy.

Also new for families and visitors is a family waiting area, nearby but separate from the inpatient unit.  The waiting area features large picturesque windows, wireless Internet connection, a television lounge, pantry and selection of vending machines.

Alkek Family Waiting AreaThe newly opened 16th floor is the first inpatient unit to open as part of the nine floors added to the Alkek Hospital. Additional inpatient floors will open gradually after the first of the year, as well as an observation deck and patient sitting area on the 24th floor.

The Alkek Hospital expansion project includes 503,000 square feet of new construction and will provide an additional 389 inpatient beds, bringing the current available beds to 702. Future build-out will increase the total number of beds to 962,which includes inpatient units in the adjacent Lutheran Pavilion.



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A number of nice comments came in about this post on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mdanderson). Here are some of them

L. Charrin
HKS/McCarthy did a great job with design/build! And the CPM staff did wonders working late making all the patient move happen so swiftly and safely Tuesday at 5:05pm

M D Anderson Cancer Center News
Joint commission surveyors were on the 16th floor yesterday, and we understand that they were very impressed. Wednesday at 10:09am

M DeRon
awesome!!! from a former employee!! ;D
Wednesday at 11:20am

M Pennington Sinyard
Grand! I was the second patient moved into the new Alkek hospital, 11 years ago! I would of been first but the patient beside me was closer to the door so when the military moved us out, she was first in the line-up! What memories. I love all the new things going on. My favorite must be the "lounge" chairs "everywhere".

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