BRISTOL - Bristol Hospital celebrated its newly renovated Diagnostic Services Department during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
Many city and hospital officials and employees joined the hospital in celebrating the reconfiguration of the department.
The reconfiguration included a new reception area, improvements to patient access and navigation, patient and staff safety and capabilities for bariatric and handicapped patients. A new patient holding area with four beds, updated oxygen piping and electrical and nurse calling systems were also part of the project that took a little over a year to complete and encompassed 5,000 square feet.
Kurt Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol Hospital, explained that the renovated department is easier to navigate and safer for patients and staff. He noted that this wouldn't have been possible without the support of the city and philanthropists.
“The new waiting room and reception area is right there for patients when they step off the main elevator,” Barwis said. “The new space is brighter and more comfortable especially with the new furniture. The priority here was providing an even better patient experience for our patients and families.”
Dr. Chris Leary, medical director of radiology, added, “For patients, this is going to be wonderful. Now they can come through this beautiful entrance. It’s much easier and much more convenient all around.”
Al Lamptey, administrative director of diagnostic imaging, explained that in addition to the renovations that improved access, privacy and safety for patients, several handicapped and bariatric bathrooms were also provided. He said, “We generally made the department more handicapped and bariatric friendly.”
During the renovations, the ultrasound suite was relocated and is now more private and comfortable for patients. Lamptey said, “Our ultrasound department was moved and redesigned so we could accommodate bariatric patients, because the [ultrasound] rooms used to be smaller before.”
The reconfiguration totaled $950,000. Some of the expenses were funded from the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation and its three major fundraising events.
Mary Lynn Gagnon, executive director of the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation, said, “To see this project come to fruition really just makes me so excited, because with two children who are now adults, we have spent many times coming here for a broken arm, or broken finger or concussion and it’s nice to see a beautiful facility to match the impressive services that our staff gives to our patients.”
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-973-5088.