Medical center celebrates opening of new wing

June 28, 2010 1:55:03 PM PDT
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is celebrating the opening of a new inpatient wing today.

The wing is the culmination of the second phase of a $300 million expansion and features the "latest and greatest technology in health care," hospital spokeswoman Chris Di Salvo said.

The new wing features 66 private rooms, each with bedside computers for physicians and nurses to record health information about surgery patients. The rooms also come with cardiac telemetry, allowing personnel to monitor cardiac rhythms of all 66 patients on one screen from a centralized nursing station.

Di Salvo said the new technology will benefit patients.

"The trend in hospital care is to have a private room, and also the Obama administration wants to have digital records, so there'll be less chance of errors with the digital records," Di Salvo said.

The hospital planned to admit its first patient to the new wing late this morning.


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