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Posted on Fri. Jun. 08, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Focus on: Parkview Regional Medical Center

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What: Parkview Regional Medical Center

Where: 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive off Dupont Road just east of Interstate 69

Call: 266-1000

Website: www.parkview.com

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More than two months after it opened to the public, Parkview Regional Medical Center is fully staffed and running smoothly, hospital officials say.

“We have been very pleased with the utilization of new technology and how well that has been going for staff,” Parkview spokesman John Perlich said.

Although Perlich did not disclose how many patients the new hospital off Dupont Road just east of Interstate 69 has seen, he said it has been a strong enough draw for patients that it has served to test the staff settling in at Parkview Regional.

“We were a bit surprised by the heavy volume of patients we saw at the opening of PRMC. Staff responded to this very well,” he said.

Parkview Regional is now the flagship of Parkview HealthNet, a regional network of hospitals. And the hospital it replaces, now called Parkview Hospital Randallia, hasn’t been replaced at all; instead, it remains a vital health care provider, too, with obstetrical services, a 24-hour emergency room, 150 beds, operating rooms and skilled-nursing services.

The most obvious change in the patient experience in this new hospital that cost more than $500 million to build is its single-patient rooms, quickly becoming a new standard for hospitals in Fort Wayne.

Parkview officials say the single-occupancy rooms make it easier to provide privacy and to enable family members or close friends to play more effective roles.

Opening Parkview Regional also increased Parkview Health’s need for health care professionals in Allen County employment, too. Hospital officials are working to raise employment here from about 4,200 to about 4,450. “The hospital is fully staffed, but we are continuing to hire nurses and other clinical professionals,” Perlich said.

One sign of the hospital’s tremendous potential to grow – and to stimulate growth in its vicinity – is the fact that its construction still isn’t finished. Weeks before the regional medical center opened, its executives announced its first expansion – one which costs an estimated $14 million. Parkview officials said the additional space – about 37,000 square feet – provides 36 medical/surgical beds on the seventh floor and 12 beds in an intensive care unit on the third floor.

“The build-out on the third and seventh floors is substantially complete,” Perlich said. “The majority of the beds on the seventh floor are now being used for patient care. The rest of the beds on the seventh floor and the beds on the third floor will be used for patient care in the near future.”

bcaylor@news-sentinel.com


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