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Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has reopened Dec. 2 a 15-bed unit called 1 North, as it is on the north half of the first floor.
The unit will be a Progressive Care Unit, which cares for patients that are less critical than Intensive Care Unit patients, but still require more care than provided on regular nursing floors.
Previously, 1 North had been a medical-surgical unit that closed in December 2011 when the hospital opened the fifth floor patient tower, adding 36 private rooms.
The 1 North unit has just completed upgrades, including installing telemetry monitoring that will enable nurses to monitor 15 PCU patients.
"When 1 North opens, we will move our patients from the existing second floor PCU into 1 North. This unit will not replace our second floor PCU, but rather will be an extension of the PCU, with 15 monitors available to monitor patients," said Mary Alford, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial director of inpatient nursing. "This gives us much more flexibility in bed placement. These PCU patients are currently in semi-private rooms on the second floor, with much bed shifting occurring, based on hospital bed needs. Patients in the private 1 North rooms will have more privacy and be more satisfied."
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, a member of the Adventist Health System, is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care.