Sullivan’s hospital keeping pace with pending growth in the county


HARRIS – Catskill Regional Medical Center cut the ribbon opening Phase One renovations of its 5 East Medical/ Surgical/Telemetry Unit at its Harris facility.  That happened Wednesday morning in a fifth floor hallway crowded with medical, nursing and support staff.

Ceremonial ribbon cutting on a fifth floor with enhanced patient rooms hospital officials say will result in
lower risk of hospital-generated infections

One key change, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gerard Galarneau, is moving from double and even triple room occupancy to 85 percent single-bed rooms.  That, he said, can lower, not raise costs, in the long run because minimizing inter-patient contact can reduce the risk of hospital-generated infections. 
 “That the higher quality of care, the less it costs, because if we’re spending money in correcting mistakes that the hospitals have made, it’s a cost not only in human life but in overall cost,” Galarneau said.  “So, if we can focus on low risk to patients, decreasing the spread of infection and high quality, we’re actually going to reduce the cost of care.”
Among the others speaking at the brief ceremony was State Senator John Bonacic.
“More wealth is coming into this county.  More people are coming into this county.  Healthcare needs and the challenges are going to be right in this hospital.”
The prospect of a casino, just four miles away, and ancillary growth in area business, will push the need for enhanced healthcare in Sullivan County. 

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