University Hospital, one of the nation's leading academic medical centers located in Newark, announced Friday plans to upgrade its patient rooms to enhance quality and comfort for patients and their families.
The hospital recently purchased new patient and guest chairs, overbed tables and bedside cabinets for 135 rooms in its cardiac, neuroscience and trauma/surgery centers, according to a recent announcement by the hospital. The upgrade also includes the addition of new patient beds in 293 rooms.
"We recognize every hospital stay is, on some levels, stressful for both patients and their loved ones," Nancy Hamstra, chief operating officer of University Hospital said. "We are committed to delivering the best clinical outcome for everyone one of our patients and providing a welcoming, comfortable environment in which patients and their families interact with caregivers is a critical component of our efforts to do just that."
The hospital is working with Somerville-based DS&D, an interior solutions company, to replace the furniture starting March 17, the announcement said.
"Furniture plays a critical role in today's health care environment," Kevin Klier, senior executive vice president and general manger of furniture at DS&D said. "Ultimately, this all contributes to providing the highest possible quality of patient care."
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