The long-planned overhaul would mean private patient rooms and state-of-the-art operating rooms, as well as other many other infrastructure upgrades, according to a plan presented by the hospital to state regulators.
Hospital officials say this would allow the hospital to better meet patient expectations, as well as increase privacy and safety. It's also in keeping with services offered at other hospitals in the region that have modernized with renovation and construction projects, including the
"Getting our patients into private rooms, that's the fundamental thing," said
It's also an efficiency issue, he said. Sometimes doctors can't send a patient to a bed from the emergency room because the person on the other side of the curtain isn't the same gender or has an infection that could spread.
Beyond the beds, Reuland said, there are other elements of the campus that are outdated and hampering quality and efficient care.
Bayview has spent millions in recent years upgrading its emergency department and cancer treatment wing, but this project represents the largest portion of the project. It will include a new seven-story inpatient building, according to an application the hospital sent to state officials who must approve the investment.
In Bayview's case, the beds could be the largest factor influencing the approvals, said
Under its plan, Bayview would reduce its overall number of inpatient beds to 315 from 342, a move that reflects increasing efficiency and a reduction in the number of people who need to be admitted to hospitals across the state in recent years, said
State data shows that the number of patients discharged from Bayview dropped to just under 19,000 in 2016 from more than 21,400 a decade earlier.
"They are really looking to bring their current facilities up to a more modern standard," McDonald said.
Bayview was once part of
It operates as a community hospital, offering all the standard services needed in the area. But some specialties are also offered at Bayview, such as a 20-bed adult burn center, the only one in the state. The campus also offers extensive behavioral health services and a large geriatric program. Many of its physicians also have academic appointments in the
And Cohen said he was pleased to hear about a major upgrade that would benefit his constituents. He said he's been working with the campus to improve health outcomes for Hispanic neighbors.
"I'm happy to see them expanding and support their renovation," he said.
Hospital industry observers say upgrades are good for the community. And the state's system of regulating hospitals -- which includes regulating what they charge patients, as well as encouraging efficiency and promoting quality care -- is helping promote investment, said Dai Tinglong, an assistant professor of operations management and business analytics at
"Conventional wisdom says that when you regulate prices, it will stifle investments and lead to low quality," he said. "The opposite is happening in
Reuland acknowledged that Bayview will seek rate increases to help pay debt on the investment.
There is also risk in not renovating, Nemzoff said. Patients and doctors both expect state-of-the-art services and private rooms. The upgrades may attract more customers and medical professionals to the campus.
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