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Essentia Health is transforming our downtown Duluth medical campus to match our facilities with how medicine is practiced in the 21st century and to bring the highest quality health care to the Northland. We also want to retain and attract top medical professionals in our community.
We’re updating facilities and equipment to help you do your best work. We want to create a better environment for you, our patients and their families.
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(DESCRIPTION)Five nurses wearing scrubs explore a mock room with no ceiling. The room includes a few medical devices, including a baby's incubator and an I V stand. A mural of the blue sky and a frozen lake lines the back wall of the room. Nurses write on large pieces of paper taped onto the wall. One suggestion reads, "Quiet, soft latches for closing the door," with an arrow pointing to the mock door latch.
(SPEECH)LIZ ZAPPITELLO: We're having employees look around the rooms and to ask questions but also have paper available on the walls of the rooms for them to write down suggestions that they have, ideas that they have. KALEE HEGG: It's really exciting to see a mock setup of what the new unit's going to be like.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Kalee Hegg, NICU Nurse. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit suite. A mockup drawing of the suite
(SPEECH)All the updates in size and space is really cool to see.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Laura Simonson, Nurse Manager.
(SPEECH)LAURA SIMONSON: We were very excited for the ability to be able to come into the mock-up phase.
(DESCRIPTION)Hospital medical slash surgical room. A room with dark grey carpet, dropped tile ceilings, one hospital bed, a T V, and a mural of the blue sky and a frozen lake. Notes taped on the wall read "Emesis bag holder" and "B P cuffs and basket. "
(SPEECH)There's things on the wall that we have put on there that we were able to move because of the feedback from the front line staff that like this really doesn't work here. It would work better over here. And so we're taking that on a daily basis.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Sharon Lund, Patient Education.
(SPEECH)SHARON LUND: And so to be able to walk the space and see how things flow, to see the placement, to see the size and the roomy of the rooms is really helpful and encouraging. But even I was able to see a little problem in one of the other rooms, and I made note.
(DESCRIPTION)People walk around a room with white walls and wood floors. Also in the room are built-in cabinets and shelves, and stools and tables with wheels. Large pieces of paper with illegible writing are taped to the walls.
(SPEECH)And when I came back a few days later, it had been changed.
(DESCRIPTION)Various notes written along the white walls, "Exam light should be graduated versus two stage when it comes to brightness" and "Giraffe bed elevates to max 7 feet tall. "
(SPEECH)That was exciting to see that they were really listening to feedback.
(DESCRIPTION)Many nurses explore the rooms and communicate with each other inaudibly.
(SPEECH)KALEE HEGG: It's nice to be able to provide that kind of feedback on what's worked in the unit now and things that could use improvement for the new hospital.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Adam Riutta, M D Emergency Medicine.
(SPEECH)ADAM RIUTTA: I think they're getting excited about what's transpiring. I think they're also getting excited that they get to put their fingerprints on the process to the extent possible as well.
(DESCRIPTION)A woman points to a blueprint taped on the wall. Text, Liz Zappitello, Nursing Director.
(SPEECH)LIZ ZAPPITELLO: We're needing to project for the future as well, because we want the space to be able to transition as health care transitions, because health care is always changing.
(DESCRIPTION)A mock surgical room with no ceiling includes one surgical table, an I V stand, a wheeling tray, a monitor screen, and various cabinets. Notes line the walls.
(SPEECH)New things are always coming, and we want to be able to adapt to those needs that our patients and families will have in the future as well as the current.
(DESCRIPTION)A drawing of the outside of an Essentia Health building against a sunset-colored sky. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.
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