Mercy Announces a $16.8 Million Investment in Critical Care and MRI ServicesSep 06, 2013 12:44PM ● By Med Editor
SIOUX CITY, IA: Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City announces that construction has begun on a $16.8 million investment in Mercy’s critical care and imaging services. The investment includes renovation of the current intensive care units and the installation of a 3.0 Tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner to replace the existing unit. Investment includes $13.8 million for the ICU renovation and $3.0 million for the MRI.
Mercy is the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and serves over 1,700 critical patients in the intensive care units. Mercy’s intensive care service is a significant and vital component of the region’s health care continuum, providing life-changing care to patients and support to their loved ones.
The three existing individual intensive care units will be renovated to form one 20-bed unit with supporting nurse stations and storage. The new unit will consist of all private patient rooms and accommodating family waiting space. Updated equipment will outfit the new ICU. During the past several years, new beds and monitoring equipment has been purchased and installed in anticipation of this renovation project. This will involve remodeling the existing ICU with an addition over the Radiology services on the 4th floor. The new design for the 5th floor is consistent with Mercy’s culture of safety and the current proximity to Surgery operating rooms is best for the patients. Renovation is expected to be complete in January 2015.
Mercy is also the only Joint Commission accredited Stroke Center in the region. The 3T MRI meets the high-resolution requirements of acute brain and neurovascular imaging. Emerging clinical evidence indicates perfusion imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, and MR spectroscopy are all enhanced by 3T MRI. In addition, the 3T MRI provides Mercy with the ability to perform breast MRIs, cardiac MRIs, abdominal MRI/MRA and services to bariatric patients. This will be the most powerful MRI in all of Siouxland.