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Iowa Falls, IA – Planning activities for a new hospital continue at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital as the “Med-Surg” (inpatient services) team conducts a mock build of a patient room June 18-20th at the Armory in Iowa Falls. The exercise will be open to the public for a sneak peak at process scenarios performed by the staff on Tuesday, June 19th from 2-4 p.m.

The mock build of inpatient care rooms will use the same Lean Manufacturing concepts employed last fall when EMH conducted a similar exercise for the entire new emergency department at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Eldora. Lean concepts are designed to improve processes and eliminate waste. When used in healthcare, patient care is improved and resources are used more efficiently.

Through the exercise the team first reviews current processes and establishes measurable and realistic goals for the team to improve those processes. Then the team simulates the new patient room environment with full-scale walls, equipment and furniture. Finally, the team conducts common patient care scenarios in the mock environment to put the team’s goals into practice.

“In the new facility, every patient room will have the same layout and work flow,” explains nursing leader, Jill Schafer, “This will standardize our care practices and reduce the amount of time spent away from our patients, looking for supplies or equipment.”

Steve Mulford, EMH Director of Nursing, adds, “Now that we’ve established the overall footprint for patient rooms, we need to look at placement of equipment and so that we can give our patients the best care possible in a way that is most comfortable and less disruptive for them. We are using real patient feedback along with our most common care scenarios to create processes that we can improve now and bring with us to the new facility.”

The public can see the EMH mock build exercise in action on Tuesday, June 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Iowa Falls at 217 Georgetown Road in Iowa Falls. For questions about the event, please contact Shannon Jensen at 641-648-7135.

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