Leaders at AdventHealth Carrollwood have announced plans to modernize an existing patient care unit, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, to provide the highest level of care for patients with COVID-19. The unit conversion is part of an $11.9 million investment that is jointly funded by AdventHealth and Hillsborough County and will strengthen the hospital’s ability to respond to future COVID-19 surges.
“We are deeply committed to providing a higher standard of care to our patients no matter the circumstances. We’ve adapted robust care models to be adequately prepared for patients with COVID throughout the various surges we’ve endured,” said Erika Skula, president and CEO for AdventHealth Carrollwood. “This partnership with the Hillsborough County Commission shows the kind of health care impact we have in our community and will allow our team of world-class experts to continue providing the highest quality of care to the community.”
The 10,680-square-foot space for the dedicated COVID-19 unit will be located on an existing unit in the hospital and will be equipped with technological and structural advancements to assist staff in providing elevated care for COVID-19 patients. Some of the additions to the unit will include:
- Converting 25 private patient rooms to provide increased infection control and further enhance the nationally recognized safety features at the facility.
- Outfitting all 25 patient rooms with negative pressure to reduce exposure to airborne illnesses.
- Improving monitoring capabilities that will allow team members to streamline care more efficiently and safely.
Charity Carlisle, chief nursing officer for AdventHealth Carrollwood, spoke via Zoom about the impact the new unit will make on patients and staff.
The construction of the AdventHealth Carrollwood COVID-19 unit is part of an ongoing commitment to expand services and provide expert care to the growing Tampa Bay community.