Redesigned Cardiac Care Unit Opens at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

A newly redesigned unit for cardiac care is set to open this month at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. The unit is specially designed to be a “Unit-of-One” where dedicated care teams will keep caregivers closer to the patient, involving patients in their own plan of care.

Kate Mohr, Guthrie Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, said, “Guthrie is proud to provide patient-centered care to each person we have the privilege of caring for. The redesign of this dedicated cardiac unit allows our care teams to deliver a higher level of care at the bedside, keeping the focus on the patient.”

The unit is designed to create an optimal care environment in each individual patient room by harnessing technology and implementing an innovative layout to keep all tools needed to provide care in close proximity to each room. The unit differs from a traditional unit because patients, together with those providing care, create their own “Unit-of-One,” which is a change from the traditional nursing unit with several patient rooms and a central nurses station.

The design is an evidence-based best practice that has been shown to increase patient safety and staff satisfaction by making it easier to give the right care at the bedside at the right time, with the right care team members. The unit design also facilitates collaboration among members of the care team.

The new until will begin admitting patients on Oct. 30.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing 47 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at six convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.