The Lee Memorial Health System will begin opening extra beds at Cape Coral Hospital in December as part of substantial efforts to plan ahead and meet the demands of the area's population increase during winter months.
The number of visitors to the emergency department increases and hospital beds fill quickly as thousands of seasonal visitors seek treatment for injuries, heart attacks, and chronic illnesses while away from home. To accommodate these needs, a total of 42 extra beds will be available until April 2013. Twenty-four of the beds will be availalbe Dec. 3, followed by an additional 18 beds Jan.7. Fifteen of the new beds will include telemetry equipment used to monitor patients with life-threatening conditions.
"Rest assured, we're adding more beds to avoid overcrowding and accommodate the expected influx of patients throughout our health system. The quality of care we provide will remain exceptional," says Wendy Piascik, vice president of Patient Care Services at Cape Coral Hospital.
Preparations for season are done carefully and involve multiple departments - including medical staff, nursing, care management, housekeeping, and others - to coordinate admissions and discharges to sustain an optimal flow throughout the facility while ensuring safety and keeping patients' best interest foremost.
To minimize congestion of the health system, seasonal residents should find a physician and make appointments in advance. It also helps to provide copies of your medical records. Many hospital visits can be avoided by taking preventative measures under a physician's care. Permanent residents can help by making appointments after seasonal residents have returned north.
Visit www.leememorial.org for more information.
Source: Lee Memorial Health System