Private Rooms Transform Patient Care at Southeast Georgia Health System
Research has shown that private rooms increase patient safety and comfort as well as reduce the risk of infection and decreased length of stay. For that reason, and for the first time in its history, Southeast Georgia Health System now offers all private patient rooms on its Brunswick Campus.
“We’re focused on providing a healing and relaxed environment, with comfort and safety top-of-mind for an ideal patient experience,” says Elizabeth J. Gunn, RN, MSN, vice president, Patient Care Services at the Health System. “Private rooms make it much easier for patients to have a confidential conversation with their physician, have privacy during treatments, and get a restful sleep since there’s no roommate who may be awake and getting up or making noise through the night. Family members and visitors will appreciate the comfortable accommodations, such as sleeper-sofas, and extra space.”
Gunn added that the conversion from semi-private to private rooms was made possible with the opening of the Orthopaedic & Spine Center and the renovation of existing rooms. However, if a sudden demand for patient beds arises as a result of a pandemic or natural emergency, such as a hurricane, patient rooms can easily be modified to semi-private rooms.
“Our community can count on us to be prepared to handle an increased patient need if the demand occurs,” says Gunn. “But, aside from a medical emergency taking place, our patients will have a private room during their stay with us.”
In March 2009, the Health System completed an expansion and major renovation of its Camden Campus hospital, updating and modernizing the facility to bring patients a new level of comfort and medical care with private patient rooms.