KPB Mayor John WIlliams and CPH officials cut the ribbon at the official opening of the new Mountain Tower at Central Peninsula Hospital.
Just a few days into the new year last week saw an event that may prove to be one of the major happenings in all of 2007. The occasion was the official opening of the new Mountain Tower wing at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH). A host of community officials, families and friends gathered for the official ribbon cutting by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and CPH Chief Executive Officer Ryan Smith. “This is certainly a great day in the new year. This particular project is one that was brought about by the voters and has been well designed and executed with construction that is just marvelous. It’s a beautiful facility, one that we are all proud of and that will be with us for a long time to come,” commented Mayor Williams.
This new EKG room offers state of the art equipment.
The new wing features 38 new spacious private rooms each with a large picture window, custom maple cabinets and a fold out couch for visitors to sleep over. Although CEO Ryan Smith has worked at nine other hospitals he says CPH is the first facility he has been at that has nothing but private rooms, “It’s a tremendous advantage for infection control issues, and makes the stay a private experience for the patient and allows us to really involve the family in the patients care while they are here,” said Smith.
CEO Ryan Smith in the Players Peak area. This waiting room is just for kids and will feature books and a computer gaming system.
The wing offers a family kitchen so families can make themselves or their loved ones a favorite meal to make the experience as home like as possible.
Formerly known as Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH), with the opening of the Mt. Tower wing the name has been officially changed to Central Peninsula Hospital and is a Planetree Affiliate Hospital, “The name is reflective of the facilities trend toward providing more specialty services rather than simply general care. Our Planetree affiliation primarily means CPH is committed to a patient centered perspective on health care providing a healing environment that deals with all aspects of a patient’s journey to wellness. That includes technical expertise of course, but also visual art, spiritual needs, nutritional needs, access to information, the involvement of family and friends and other things that contribute to each person’s overall health,” explained Smith.
The spacious new lab at CPH Mt. Tower facility.
The new wing also features three surgical suites with state of the art equipment, a new laboratory with a pneumatic tube system that allows most departments to send samples to the lab quickly and eliminating thousands of hours of physically carrying specimens around the hospital to the laboratory. There are also two family lounges with rock fireplaces, and a new sanctuary with stained glass art and piano.
A special bench contributed by the CPH Auxilliary adorns the entrance of the new CPH Mt. Tower in memory of Diane and Pat Gilbreath.
According to Smith Phase 3 of the CPH expansion will begin in February and will include finishing the lobby, building a new dining area and gift shop by next fall and completing the renovation of the Emergency Department by May of 2008.
The new sleep therapy room allows for new services at CPH in the Mt. Tower wing.
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