Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened the newest specialized inpatient unit for bariatric surgery patients in southern New England, allowing the hospital’s Bariatric Center to deliver tailored care for patients undergoing life-changing surgery. The dedicated 15-bed unit designed by Shepley Bulfinch is located on the hospital’s Saint Raphael’s Campus and opened with a ribbon-cutting on January 5.
The bariatric unit is an added and important resource to Yale-New Haven’s team of bariatric surgeons. The new private inpatient rooms meet the vision of creating a patient-centered healing environment with specific focus on patient safety. Reinforced handrails in patient rooms, together with threshold-free showers and recessed dispensers for toilet paper and paper towels in patient bathrooms, encourage patients to move about with greater ease. Seating alcoves in the halls encourage short walks by offering recovering patients places to rest.
The planning process began over a year ago with input from patient advisors, physicians, clinicians and staff, and included the construction of a mock patient room, where the team could simulate various activities and to plan best placement of equipment and furniture.
“The opening of this brand new Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery unit is an important and exciting addition to our Bariatric Center. The specialized facilities, in addition to our uniquely trained and dedicated caregivers, enable us to deliver a unique postoperative experience in a comfortable and caring environment, said Andrew Duffy, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Director, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Yale New Haven Health System and Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine.
This is the latest in a series of healthcare projects completed by Shepley Bulfinch for Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Bariatric Unit, together with the new Geriatric Unit and Musculoskeletal Surgical Suites, which opened in 2015, are part of the implementation of the firm’s master plan for the St. Raphael’s Campus.