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Ellis unveils changes

In addition to the upgrades in the emergency department, the tour of Ellis Hospital, located on Nott Street in Schenectady, gave a comprehensive look at the hospital's facilities, which include a new intensive care unit, and equipment, including a 64-Slice CT Scanner.

During the tour, guests were able to see the scanner, which looks for blocked vessels by providing a three-dimensional view of the body, allowing radiologists to conduct balloon studies or place stents in the vessels, according to Director of Radiology Bill Doak.

The new scanner cost $1.7 million, and renovations to the radiology department to accommodate the scanner and add a waiting space cost $2.8 million, according to Doak.

The new ICU wing is two floors with 18 beds on each floor. One floor is a medical ICU with a focus on neurology while the other floor is a surgical ICU concentrating on cardiac cases.

Guarneri said each ICU room is staffed with two nurses and that the waiting room has showers, computers and televisions for hospital visitors who are staying with family for extended periods.

"It's a very comfortable setting," Guarneri said. The ICU wing opened two years ago and has the potential to grow upward, she said.

Also unique to Ellis Hospital is the Leibers Contemplation Room, which offers views of Schenectady where a patient or family member can seek some peace and quiet.

The room is named for an Ellis Hospital Board of Trustees member Robert M. Leibers, who has served on the board since 1997.

Guests to the hospital were also able to view a computerized prescription dispenser, which is used by nurses to determine the drug, dose and time of day a patient receives his or her medication.

Since the merger with St. Clare's became official in June, the hospital has been working to organize its services across the two campuses.

St. Clare's is mainly used for outpatient services, however, Evans said they still have a fully operation emergency department, which is open 24/7.

Some of the outpatient services included in St. Clare's are medical imaging, a wound care center, a sleep disorder clinic, primary care and pediatric care, as well as a dental care center.

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