Sanford Vermillion Medical Center starts remodel project

Highlights include decor, updated patient rooms and a new special-purpose room.

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center starts remodel project

As Sanford Vermillion continues to grow and expand, a date is set for an interior renovation project in the hospital. The project aims to improve the patient experience.

The project includes replacing the flooring; painting; adding wall vinyl, new lighting and casework for rooms and hallways; refurbishing the nurses station; installing color-coordinated handrails; updating patient rooms; and adding a spacious special-purpose hospital room.

With much of the décor in the two-wing hospital dating back to its opening in 1992, it’s time to retire the old pastel pink colors of the past with visually appealing colors to match the existing expansion and remodel. The renovations start in April and are estimated to be complete by the end of August.

Part of the project will involve a larger special-purpose room equipped to fill various patient needs. Features will include a built-in lift and rail system to accommodate the needs of bedridden, bariatric and hospice patients.  The room will feature space to accommodate family and visitors.  The bariatric lift will help to ensure both patient and staff safety. In addition, this room will be available for OB admissions.

‘Finishing touches’ on facility upgrades

“This $400,000 remodel puts the finishing touches on the extensive facility upgrades to the medical center over the past several years.  We appreciate the commitment and financial investment on the part of Dakota Hospital Foundation to make this the best health care facility possible in southeast South Dakota.  We appreciate the collaboration between Dakota Hospital Foundation and Sanford Health in advancing quality care in Vermillion,” said Tim Tracy, senior director of Sanford Vermillion.

While renovations are in progress, the hospital will remain fully operational. Detailed staging and timelines are in development, which will allow for routine operations with limited inconveniences for patients, visitors and staff.

“The nursing staff are eager to get started on the revamp. They have enjoyed past facility improvements and look forward to a more aesthetically pleasing work environment,” said Jeff Berens, director of nursing at Sanford Vermillion.

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