Boone Hospital Hosts Grand Opening of New Tower

7 years 1 hour 13 minutes ago Wednesday, June 22 2011 Jun 22, 2011 Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:12:00 AM CDT June 22, 2011 in News
By: Emily Giffin

COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center invited the public to tour their brand new patient tower at its grand opening Wednesday. The tower's opening marks the end of a four-year project that, in total, cost $125 million.

The new tower is eight stories high and features 128 private patient rooms. Among the new rooms, there are 32 intensive care rooms, 12 stepdown rooms and 84 medical surgery patient rooms. Other components of the hospital's project include improvements to William Street, as well as a new parking garage, pedestrian bridge and oxygen farm.

The hospital also has many "green" features such as occupancy sensors that will automatically control the lighting in staff areas and solar collector panels on the roof.

"We have a lot of safety features. We've created a hand rail system so that when our patients climb out of bed they can actually grab our hand rail and make their way safely into the bathroom," said Monica Smith, director of patient care services. The hospital said research shows most falls occur as a result of the patient trying to make their way to the restroom.

The first patients will be welcomed to the Boone's newest addition on Monday.

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