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Newhall Memorial adds 27 beds

Officials aim to reduce time in E.R.

Posted: October 30, 2008 9:05 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
Hospital officials converted 27 transitional-care beds for use by acute, medical-surgical patients at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, reducing the time emergency room patients wait for a bed.

“The community’s pressing need for more acute care hospital beds has been a strategic priority at our hospital for several years,” said Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Newhall Memorial, in a statement.
“This is the biggest increase in acute care hospital beds since 2004, and with the addition of these beds, we will continue to improve care and meet the needs of our patients,” he added.

The total number of patient beds is now 221, according to Laura Young, public relations manager.

The conversion process took five months and finished Sept. 19 when the Department of Health licensed the 27 medical- surgical beds.

The beds accommodate patients who need hospitalization, such as those requiring IV antibiotics or treatment of an acute medical condition.

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