Salem Township Hospital President John Kessler says the new specialty physician clinics and the Davita Dialysis facility on the first floor of the Phase Two addition will open on Monday. He says patients and the doctors will see several improvements.
"It's just gives them a much better space that they can see their patients in and the nice thing is, it's four distinct pods. So, each pod has its own set of rooms, physician office and waiting rooms. So, when you come here, if you know which pod you're in, you got a distinct waiting room, so you're never too far away from the direction you're going in."
Kessler says right now there are 11 specialty physicians coming to Salem Township Hospital. If efforts are successful in increasing the number of general practioners, he feels the number of specialists will also grow.
Kessler reported construction of the second door into the intensive care unit of the hospital is now complete. He reports photos and other documentation about the change will be sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health by Monday. Kessler says if they work at their usual pace, the hospital should be able to occupy the second floor of the Phase II addition that includes the private patient rooms and the new ICU unit.
Kessler says they are very close to reaching an agreement with a doctor to relocate to Salem. Discussion has been opened with a second potential new doctor.
The board awarded a $38,838 bid for changes in the registration area of the emergency room. Kessler says the work will open up the area to allow for more patients to be served at one time.
Kessler announced the nursing department will be lead by a three member senior leadership team that will be responsible for policy development, training and evaluation. They will rotate coming to the hospital board meeting to see what is being discussed at the highest levels of the hospital. The board earlier eliminated the chief nursing officer position.