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    Years of investments transform hospital 

    Since 1995, Rome Memorial Hospital has invested millions of dollars in building improvements and moveable equipment. People who return to the hospital for the first time in many years are pleasantly surprised by all that’s been accomplished. Every floor of the hospital has been the site of renovation - from major construction for the creation of new or expanded services to general refurbishment. Following is the chronology of major projects since privatization: 

    1996 - Three birthing suites were created when the Maternity Department was reconstructed and relocated to the hospital’s fourth floor. The complete renovation focused on creating a more homelike environment for new parents and their newborns. The same year, the administration and finance wing and the lobby received cosmetic improvements. 
    1997 - Renovation of the hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility doubled the number of skilled nursing beds to 80 on the third floor. The expansion enabled the hospital to offer more short-term rehabilitation care as part of its continuum of services. The hospital also revitalized its second floor Special Care Unit and renovated an off-site building to house its Business Office. This building later welcomed the hospital’s Information Technology, Materials Management, Print Shop and Transcription Departments, as well as the hospital's Prenatal Care Clinic.
    1998 - The north wing of the fourth floor was gutted and rebuilt to provide space for a 14-bed Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Unit for patients who suffered a debilitating injury or illness, such as a stroke. The Therapy Department on the ground floor was also refurbished, as well as the Patient Registration Department to create a more private environment for patients during registration.
    1999 - Upgrades to the fourth floor Ambulatory Surgery Unit and first floor Operating Room and Post Anesthesia Care Unit focused on flooring, ceilings, wall coverings and furnishings to create more attractive surroundings. Women also gained a more private, comfortable space to have their mammograms with the creation of a separate mammography suite.
    2000 - The south wing of the second floor was gutted and rebuilt to provide a secure therapeutic environment for the hospital’s 11-bed Senior Behavioral Health Unit for seniors experiencing depression and other acute mental illnesses. The Emergency Department was also updated with new flooring, ceilings and wall coverings.
    2001 - A new retail pharmacy opened on the hospital’s ground floor to make it easier for hospital patients and staff to get their prescriptions filled. The endoscopy suite was renovated and expanded to provide more space for the growing number of cases at that time. 
     2002 - The hospital’s main entrance was redesigned with ramps and doors that open automatically to enhance handicapped accessibility. As a result of the redesign, handicapped accessible parking could be added in the hospital’s front circle. The hospital also relocated its pre-operative interview offices from the fourth floor to the first floor to provide more treatment space in the Ambulatory Surgery Department.
    2003 - The major “construction” project for this year was the creation of a master facility plan to assess the hospital’s existing facilities, anticipate future growth and outline plans for the future. From this plan, constructing a new Emergency Department emerged as the top priority.
    2004 - Engineers and architects developed plans for the new Energy Center and Emergency Department, as sitework was initiated to pave the way for construction. The Energy Center project upgraded and relocated the hospital’s mechanical systems, including emergency generators, boilers and chillers, to a free-standing facility. 
    2005 - The hospital broke ground for the new Emergency Department on Oct. 25th. A 2,600 square foot addition was also constructed at Chestnut Commons (off-site) to provide intensity modulated radiation therapy for cancer patients.
    2006 - Construction of the new Emergency Department was completed ahead of schedule with the new facility opening Dec. 20. The hospital received state approval to build a new outpatient center with an on-campus MRI and commissioned a new master facility plan.
    2007
    - Phase II of the Emergency Department project created a separate ambulatory entrance, traffic circle and new elevator. The Laboratory and Inpatient Pharmacy also moved to the second floor of the Emergency Department addition. Support departments relocated into the ground floor space. The hospital also renovated its classrooms to create a suite for a state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner. The prior Laboratory space was repurposed and renovated into classrooms.
    2008 - The hospital marked the start of construction of its new Diagnostic Center with a steel signing ceremony Oct. 14, 2008.  The two-story addition is home to the Women’s Imaging Center and Breast Navigation Program, high-definition MRI services, Sleep Disorders Center and Cardiopulmonary Services.
    2009 - The hospital marked the opening of its new Diagnostic Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 10, 2009.  The new facility provides a warm, welcoming environment to minimize patients’ anxiety when they need testing.
    2010 - The hospital partnered with three ophthalmologists to construct a new eye center, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.  The joint venture will provide patients with a new state-of-the-art facility that specializes in ophthalmologic procedures, such as cataract, glaucoma and eyelid surgery. By having a dedicated eye center, patients won’t be inconvenienced by delays in their elective procedures that can understandably be caused by emergency cases that take priority in a hospital operating room.
    2011 - In July 2011, the hospital implemented its new hospital information system.  The $6 million investment addressed the hospital’s goals of converting from a paper record to an electronic medical record and providing online clinical decision support to standardize care, improve patient safety and achieve better outcomes.  The multi-phase HIS project will extend into 2013 as new applications are brought online.
    2012 - Rome Memorial Hospital was the first in the area to invest in the state-of-the-art BIOQUELL Q10 room decontamination machine to protect patients from infection. The machine uses hydrogen peroxide vapor to reach surfaces and equipment in hard-to-reach places. The hospital added lymphedema therapy and stereotactic breast biopsy services to its continuum of care.
    2013 - Rome Memorial Hospital opened its Regional Center for Wound Care at the Griffiss Business & Technology Park to provide advanced wound care services, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), for problem wounds. It also opened Delta Medical to expand primary care access to the community.
    2014 - Rome Memorial Hospital received state approval to expand the number of beds in its Senior Behavioral Health Unit to expand access to care for individuals 55 and older who are in crisis.
    2015 - The Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital was recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. Rome Medical Practice established All About Women to expand access to obstetrical and gynecological services. The Maternity Department was recognized by Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield with a Blue Distinction+ designation for quality. Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy added vestibular rehabilitation to provide relief from debilitating chronic dizziness or vertigo symptoms.
     

    RMH by the numbers

    Employees: 1,038 full and part-time employees
    2015 Payroll & Benefits: $46.1 million
    Medical Staff: 213 physicians
    Licensed acute care beds: 130
    Long-term care beds: 80 with 2 respite beds
    2015 Inpatient Discharges: 4,286
    2015 Emergency Department Visits: 30,645
    2015 Births: 575
    2015 Total Operating Budget: $77 million
    Economic Impact: $132 million