HEART SURGERY RECOVERY
The Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will open a new cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) July 16. The new space will be dedicated to helping cardiac patients recover after open heart, cardiovascular, vascular and thoracic surgeries. There will be 14 new CVICU beds along with increased space for patients and additional support areas, family waiting areas and nurses’ stations. The unit will replace two previous cardiac ICUs which separated surgical and non-surgical heart patients within the hospital. “The new CVICU will help facilitate collaboration between heart surgeons, cardiologists, ICU physicians, specialists and support staff,” said Dr. Gregory Mishkel, executive medical director of Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “It also incorporates technology that will help us better engage patients and their families.” The $7.9 million project will also add larger rooms equipped with showers, reclining chairs, televisions, storage space for personal belongings and large windows for access to natural light to help with the healing process.“Families could be spending a lot of time in our hospital as their loved ones recover from a cardiac illness. We want them to be as comfortable as possible,” said Dr. Charles L. Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital.