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TCU to close June 5

Hospital sets date.

Posted: May 6, 2008 3:53 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2008 5:01 a.m.
The transitional care unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is scheduled to close by June 5, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The 27-bed unit that houses mostly seniors recovering from their hospital stay will be transformed to a 27-bed general medical surgical unit by the end of summer.

"The local demand for hospital beds is higher than demand for TCU beds," hospital CEO Roger Seaver said in a statement. "Securing a license for 27 more hospital beds allows Henry Mayo to serve more people, including seniors."

The hospital will retain the TCU employees to for work elsewhere in the hospital, according to spokeswoman Andie Bogdan.

Hospital staff will make the modifications and inspections for the new MedSurg 5 unit in June and July and the unit is scheduled to open by the end of August.

"We're looking forward to working in the new MS5 unit, particularly because we know how desperately these hospital beds are needed," said Susan Romero, RN, who serves as director of the TCU. "Our ER has too many patients waiting for a hospital bed and that's not fair to them, nor is it the best care we are capable of giving. They need to be on a hospital nursing unit, not in 'holding.'"

For the complete story, read Wednesday's edition of The Signal.


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