Five Ways the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion is Improving Patient Care
Carmencita Agcaoili, MD
Specialty: Intensivist - Critical Care
With the move-in date for the new Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion fast
approaching, the excitement among Washington Hospital staff –
myself included – is palpable. More than just a shiny, new facility, the Critical
Care Pavilion is a place of healing. It is a place that meets the thoughtful
vision of our board of directors, staff, physicians and volunteers, as
well as our community.
Here are some of the ways in which the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion
improves the patient experience.
The new Critical Care Pavilion helps us better serve our growing community
in a safe and very private environment that promotes the healing process.
Admitted patients will now be in their own rooms. Not only will this help
maintain privacy during patient-physician consults, it reduces noise and
provides more space to receive visitors.
The number one issue that faces any hospital environment is infection control.
In addition to delaying the healing process, infectious agents and diseases
put other patients at risk of complication. While improving privacy, having
single-patient rooms has the additional benefit of reducing the spread
of infection. Larger, more spread out waiting areas, closed air systems
with negative pressure areas, and sterilizing anterooms help control contagious
disease. On a more macroscopic level, the state-of-the-art base isolation
system that the facility is built on will help ensure critical emergency
services are available in the event of a major earthquake.
Hospital stays are rarely happy occasions. When someone is admitted through
the emergency department, that typically means they have a road to recovery
ahead. When faced with that, every detail makes a difference. The Critical
Care Pavilion uses design to promote healing. Large windows, terraces
for fresh air, gardens and quiet spaces to rest, help reduce patient stress,
making the recovery process just that much easier.
Comfort and Support
Hospitalization can be a scary experience. In the design of the Critical
Care Pavilion, we wanted to make sure patients didn’t have to go
through the healing process alone. Private rooms allow space for family
to visit and support patients in this sensitive time – there are
even pullout beds for family members to stay in the room overnight. While
a hospital will never compare to the comforts of home, we’ve focused
on creating an environment that makes it easy for support systems to do
what they do best.
Room to Grow
As someone who works exclusively in critical care, the thing I’m
most excited about is the space. It’s amazing what breathing room
will do for productivity and satisfaction. The Critical Care Pavilion
was designed to meet the current needs of our community with room to grow.
Rather than have every square inch of the facility developed and full
of patients, there are empty spaces that will allow us to grow our offerings
and capabilities to adapt to the future needs of our district. While we
do have plans and goals for these spaces, the versatility it allows helps
Washington Hospital attract and retain the best physicians and clinicians
to ensure we can continue to offer the highest quality of care right here
in our community.
Posted October, 2018
About Carmencita Agcaoili, MD
Carmencita Agcaoili, MD, graduated from the University of the Philippines
and the University of East, Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. She completed
her Internal Medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital (affiliate of
Cornell Medical Center) in New York. She did her fellowship in Pulmonary-Critical
Care at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles County
Hospital. Dr. Agcaoili also worked as a Clinical Specialist in a Tuberculosis
Clinic, and as an Urgent Care Physician at Claude-Hudson Clinic in Los
Angeles from 1988 - 1993. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine
and Critical Care, is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians,
and has been in private practice since 1991. Dr. Agcaoili is the medical
director of critical care at Washington Hospital, where in 2008 she started
the intensivist program. She is also the medical director of the Respiratory
Care Department at Ohlone Community College. Dr. Agcaoili is interested
in Asthma/COPD Care, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Critical care.