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Hospital staff and administration cut the ribbon on the newly renovated western wing of the fourth floor at Upstate Community Hospital.

Upstate Community Hospital celebrates newly renovated 24-bed unit, set to open Jan. 9

After months of extensive renovations, Upstate Community Hospital will open a new, 24-bed unit that will be available to patients starting later this month.

The 24 new beds will be used by patients who have had surgery at Upstate or need to be admitted to the hospital. Upstate is actively looking for ways to expand services—including in-patient beds and rooms—to better serve the community, according to hospital leadership.

Renovations to the western wing of the fourth floor of Upstate Community Hospital took place over several months starting in late summer 2019. The project cost a total of $2.8 million; $200,000 for design, $1.6 million for construction and $1 million for new equipment. Work was completed by Upstate’s in-house construction team.

That section of the fourth floor was originally designed for patient rooms but had been converted into office space when it was still Community General Hospital. The rooms remained offices after Upstate acquired the hospital in 2011. About 45 Upstate staff working in those spaces were moved to other locations throughout the building to accommodate the renovations.

Upstate is recruiting, hiring and training staff for the new unit. As more staff come on board, additional beds will be opened. Six beds will open in the first stage. When all 24 beds are open later this year, Upstate will have hired an additional 60 people to staff the unit. The floor is a mix of private and shared patient rooms.

The renovation of 4 west included all new paint, lighting, cabinetry, beds and furnishings. Patient bathrooms were renovated and spaces for staff were freshened. Upstate began planning the project in August of 2017.

“The opening of this unit is going to help support the community need,” said JoAnn Featherstone, DBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, associate director of nursing for Upstate Community Hospital. “We struggle as a community to have the available resources and space needed to treat and care for our patients. This will also help the economic growth of the community by the addition of positions.”

Upstate is constantly seeking to expand its ability to better serve the region.

“Opening this unit shows Upstate’s commitment to our local and regional community to meet the area’s healthcare needs and this allows us to place the patients in the right beds at the right time,” said Upstate Executive Director of Nursing Scott Jessie, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.

The completed project shows the continued growth of Upstate Community Hospital, said Ken Redmore, associate administrator for facilities and support services.

“We’re continuing to reuse space that was available and underutilized,” Redmore said. “This is a good thing for patients and a good thing for Upstate.”

Caption: Staff and administrators from Upstate Community Hospital celebrate the opening of the newly renovated west wing of the fourth floor of the hospital. Cutting the ribbon on Jan. 3 are from left: Associate Administrator for Facilities and Support Services Ken Redmore; Associate Chief Medical Officer Matthew Glidden, MD; Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, MS, RN, NEA-BC; Brandy Joyce, BSN, RN; Jennifer McCullough, RN; Upstate CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA; Associate Director of Nursing for Upstate Community Hospital JoAnn Featherstone DBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC; Upstate Executive Director of Nursing Scott Jessie, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; and Erin Campolo, BSN, RN, CMSRN.