New Beds Helping MMH Provide Better, Safer Care

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A soft pillow, comfortable mattress and warm blankets - that's all most people need for a good bed, but at Midland Memorial Hospital beds are more than just places to lay your head and get a good nights sleep.

Now they have some new high tech beds they say will help improve care and they're already rolling into patient rooms.

"We were able to get about 50 of our critical care beds and we have about 150 more beds coming," MMH Chief Nurse Executive, Bob Dent, said. "So some of them are already in place and the nurses are receiving the education and everything that they need."

By the end of the month, the hospital will have $3 million worth of new beds and even thought the price seems steep Dent said it's a worthwhile investment.

"These beds offer the features that we rented in the past so it will help us save money there," Dent said.

Dent said the hospital will save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in rental fees alone.

Plus the beds will help intensive care, bariatric, surgical and pregnant patients and they'll make nurses jobs easier and safer.

"These are fully motorized beds," Josh Wright with Stryker Medical, said. "It also has a full 40 degrees turn assist which means on this bed instead of the nurse reaching over and having to pull the patient over, it's going to come to a full 40 degrees and he or she is not having worry about hurting her back by doing that laborious activity."

"I can tell you every staff nurse that we've had who's gotten a bed has already mentioned either through email or conversation that they're excited to have them," Dent said.

On top of that, it turns out Midland Memorial is the first in the country to hook these beds up to a nurse call system and nurses phones, which means nurses can monitor a patients status anywhere in the hospital.

"It makes us feel good makes us another first in this category," Dent said.

Midland Memorial hopes the new technology will pay off in the long run.