Intensive Care Unit Needs Update

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The decades old intensive care unit at Sheridan Memorial Hospital is in need of an update to accommodate new technology and improve services, but what will the needs of the future look like.

This was one of the issues discussed Wednesday, during a meeting of the hospital's board of directors.

Mike McCafferty is the hospitals' chief executive officer. He said his staff has done, what he called, “quite a bit of work” to position the facility for the future, but the anticipated $1.3 million needed for construction has now escalated to more than $5 million.

Consequently, he said, they need to be very responsible about how they move forward, and are basically on hold, for now. There's no doubt they need expansion, he said, but we need to “git a grip on how big.”

Right now, he said they treat an average of two and a half people a day, in six rooms. But with that number expected to double, the expansion is expected to bring the room number up to 11.

There's no doubt, he reiterated, that “it's a major priority, but we need to go in with eyes wide open.”

Also during the meeting, the board heard an update on the rent to purchase of the Saunders building, a report of the hospital's overall financial picture and a roofing project. Stay tuned to Sheridan Media for more details about the meeting.