Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital Expansion Features Cardiac and Clinical Decision Unit

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston is pleased to announce the opening of a new 24-bed patient unit on Monday, October 1.

The centerpiece of the project is additional patient rooms for cardiac and pulmonary care as well as a Clinical Decision Unit designed to provide rapid evaluation and testing in the process of establishing medical necessity of admission for Medicare patients.

The new unit will be opened in phases and when fully operational will add 50-60 new jobs in patient care and support services.

“This is exciting news for our facility and community,” said Ministry Saint Clare’s President Mary Krueger. “As we continue to grow the Ministry Health Care and Marshfield Clinic Heart Care Team on the Weston campus, we need the additional rooms for patients with chest pain, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as well as other cardiac and pulmonary issues.”

The five-million dollar project utilizes space designed and previously constructed for future development of services and is located on the first floor of the existing patient tower. Over the past several months, the project took final shape with focus on the ordering and installation of necessary equipment and staff recruitment for new positions.

Krueger adds the Clinical Decision Unit is designed to meet changing patient needs that it is important to carefully determine the medical need for patient admissions. “This unit satisfies patient demand as well as dedicated space and process improvement measures to ensure that only medically necessary admissions occur.”

“We think this new Clinical Decision Unit provides the opportunity to improve patient care along with additional flexibility for existing patient units in the management of our daily census,” said Julie Beeney, R.N., director of Patient Care Services at Ministry Saint Clare’s.

Beeney says that currently Ministry Saint Clare’s staff uses existing patient rooms in a number of units for clinical decision support. 

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