Thompson Hospital, which is located in Canandaigua, New York will have to do significantly less transferring of patients now that an Intensive Care Unit has come online at the facility.
For years, critically ill patients had to be moved from that hospital to others in the Rochester-area. That’s not the case anymore.
Thompson operates under the URMC umbrella. Having the ICU beds in Canandaigua means that patients from other facilities in rural parts of the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier can be transferred there – instead of Rochester or Syracuse.
“This is part of building a highest functioning regional healthcare system,” Dr. Justin Weis told MPNNow.com. He serves as medical director of both Respiratory Medicine and the ICU at Thompson. “As we bring more and more complicated patients to F.F. Thompson, it will drive up the overall level of care and this can snowball forward in a good way. Many pieces will build from this, including other subspecialty services.”
There are a total of 12 beds, which is named the Sands-Constellation ICU. It went online in April, after months of construction and work on-site.
The hospital previously had an ICU department, but it was small – only having seven beds. That department was typically at capacity, which prompted issues for the region. Having more beds now means that the hospital will be better ready to serve.