COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Barbour County residents will soon have a state-of-the-art intensive care unit in their area.
The existing Intensive Care Unit at Medical Center Barbour is a cramped 1200 square feet, only holds four patients, and the nurses take over the remaining space. But that will all soon change with the new expansion.
Medical Center Barbour House Supervisor, Jennie Sasser R.N. told News Leader Nine, "The big news here at Medical Center Barbour is that we have the new ICU pretty much ready to open this month."
The project has been on-going for over a year now, and employees are eager to officially open the doors.
"This has been a major investment by the city of Eufaula and the Southeast Alabama Medical center. We're excited that in the next few weeks the citizens of Eufaula don't have to drive an hour away to get the care they can get right here in their own community," said Medical Center Barbour's Director of Marketing Jenny Strickland.
The 3,500 square foot ICU will house five patients and have room for their families to stay the night.
"For the people who work in this unit, it's going to be a lot more space, it'll be a lot nicer because our old unit is dated and it will provide more quality care for our patients. It has larger rooms, the rooms are more equipped for nurses and patients as far as where things are located and it's a better facility all around," said Sasser.
Strickland says everyone involved in the project is just excited to provide more rooms and get more room, "And the more room you have the better, to be more organized and get to your patients better and assess them better."
The State Hospital Board just did a tour of the new facility and gave Medical Center Barbour the "go ahead" to open the new state of the art facility to patients. The big move will take place by the end of the month.