The New Vertical Beds Are Arriving

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Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport
Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport

Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport

Always wanted a Convertible?
Now you are sitting pretty in the new ER

The new ‘Vertical Beds’ are arriving at Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC) as part of our innovative patient care approach in Emergency. Most patients arriving at ER are placed in a vertical bed for diagnosis and observation. If the patient needs to lay down, then the ‘chair’ converts into a rolling hospital gurney. SWMC is investing in 4 vertical beds which are an integral part of the major upgrades we are making to our new approach… ‘No Wait – High Comfort’ Emergency Care.

Working Behind the Scenes

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Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea Baker RN, a former Palm Drive Med/Surge nurse, is helping to prepare Sonoma West Medical Center to reopen by cleaning out patient rooms, checking inventory, and setting up rooms with functional equipment. “I am happy to be a worker bee,” she says. “What could me more important than to do all we can to insure the health and well being of our community?”

Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea pushes a cart overflowing with old curtains removed from the patient rooms to be replaced by beautiful new curtains.

Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea moves equipment to a correct location after being stored in the cafeteria.

Laurie Buettner RN

Laurie Buettner RN

Rick Smith, Volunteer Coordinator

Rick Smith, Volunteer Coordinator

Laurie Buettner RN, who worked as a nurse at Palm Drive from from 1980 until it closed last year, is volunteering to help with clinical setup in the out-patient area.

Rick Smith, the new “volunteer coordinator,” is also the husband of Christine Smith, the manager of perioperative services. “It’s very exciting for both of us to be helping to reopen our new community hospital.”