Henderson Hospital Opens 25-Bed Observation Care Nursing Unit

Friday, July 24, 2020
Henderson Hospital ribbon cutting

Henderson Hospital celebrated the opening of its new 25-bed observation nursing unit on July 24.

The observation unit, which is adjacent to the Emergency Department, is for patients who need additional evaluation for a specific medical condition or diagnosis before they are either discharged or admitted to the hospital.

Previously, observation-status patients received care within various inpatient nursing units within the hospital. The opening of the new unit provides additional beds, or capacity, to care for patients with medical or surgical needs.

Also included in the construction:

  • A much larger emergency department lobby to better address the increased volume of patients
  • Eight new ED rapid medical exam/triage rooms
  • The addition of a second CT scan
  • Three shelled-out operating rooms for future use

“We continue to expand, physically and with new service lines, to accommodate the needs of our community,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “As both an accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Advanced Primary Stroke Center, we are now receiving patients with these potential diagnoses from area EMS professionals. We continue to focus on the rapid diagnosis, intervention and treatment of patients with many medical issues, whether it relates to the heart, brain, lungs, abdominal organs or countless other emergent conditions.”

In addition to opening the new observation unit, Henderson Hospital also became certified as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in April 2020. This allows the NICU team to care for babies who are less than 32 weeks in gestational age, weigh less than 1,500 grams (about 3 pounds, 3 ounces) or are critically ill.

In February 2020, the hospital earned its Advanced Primary Stroke Accreditation and its Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement certification from The Joint Commission. It received the Leapfrog Top Hospital award for the second consecutive year in December 2019, and has received four consecutive “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group as well.