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Mt. San Rafael opens doors on new renovation

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Mt. San Rafael Hospital (MSRH) recently announced the completion of its renovation project and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce.

The hospital said most of the amenities are now officially open for service in the newly constructed two-story building. The renovation now houses the hospital’s emergency department, radiology and imaging center and a surgical unit complete with an “infusion suite.”

Said MSRH CEO John Tucker, “We are so proud of this achievement, but more importantly, we are thrilled to make it available to the benefit of our citizens and in service to our community.”

This is the first major construction and renovation project the hospital has seen since the current facility’s dedication in 1972.

“This is an exciting time at the hospital,” Tucker said. “We’re thrilled to see this project come together and, more importantly, now have the ability to offer it to our patients and staff.  This dream – this project – has been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  This is a big deal for us, and we are looking forward to sharing its benefits with all those we serve.”

The project was a multi-phase expansion and modernization plan of approximately 31,000 square feet. It replaces the majority of the patient care spaces at the hospital.

The hospital also completed the construction of the new main entrance parking area, which features approximately 30 additional parking spaces.

The new emergency room has double the patient capacity of its former location.  

Information from the hospital said, “Patients with emergencies should come directly through the new emergency entrance at the front of the building and use the available parking. Emergencies coming via ambulance will use a separate, dedicated entrance at the rear of the building.  The emergency department is operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week.”

Meanwhile, patients requiring either an inpatient stay at the hospital, or ones that have surgical needs will now receive care on the second floor of the new building in the new medical and surgical unit and infusion suite.  

“Patients will find a central nurse’s station along with comfortable, private rooms all equipped with a private bathroom with shower and ample seating to accommodate visiting family members. Each room is also equipped with electronic ‘white boards’ which allows the nursing team to ensure patient data is up to date, all with a few clicks of a button. One of the newest features to the medical/surgical unit is the addition of an infusion suite which includes three infusion rooms. Now, patients that come for infusions or special treatments that require the use of a temporary, private space, can utilize the infusion suite to complete that process,” according to the hospital.

Finally, the new imaging center will be the final addition to the new building. “Due to the complexity of equipment to be installed and its very technical aspects, the Imaging Center won’t be fully operational until February 1.  Once open, the center will be dedicated solely to patient radiology needs — nuclear medicine, CT scanner, ultrasound, digital mammography, and MRI all in one location — all in close proximity to both the new ER and Medical/Surgical Unit and Infusion Suite,” said information from the hospital.

Tucker said, “The long-term benefits of this renovation project to our community are more than significant. This renovation ensures access to high quality healthcare remains close to home. And, it allows the services offered to our community, not only to survive, but thrive for many years to come.”  

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