Anna Jaques Hospital Opens Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit
Posted on December 3, 2012

Anna Jaques Hospital Opens Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit

New unit offers enhanced privacy and healing for patients and

transforms AJH into a nearly all private-room hospital  

NEWBURYPORT, Mass.  --- Anna Jaques Hospital opened its doors this week to the Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit. With the opening of the 18-bed unit, nearly everyone who stays overnight will have his or her own private room for enhanced privacy, infection control and healing.

The addition of the Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit transforms Anna Jaques into a primarily single-occupancy hospital. Now, nearly every inpatient gets a single, at no additional cost to the patient or insurance company. Private rooms improve infection control throughout the unit, promote a positive environment for healing, and provide privacy for medical discussion and treatments.

Anna Jaques is one of a small number of hospitals in Massachusetts to offer single-room availability for most patients. The newly constructed inpatient unit, named after the Institution for Savings bank in Newburyport for its $1.5 million gift, was made possible thanks to an enthusiastic Capital Campaign Committee, led by Charles R. Cullen, CEO of The Provident Bank. Over the course of three years, this committee dedicated their time, gave meaningful gifts and became advocates for patients who had voiced their preference: “Single rooms, please!”

Darcy Hammer, owner of Byfield-based Le Reve Floral and Garden Design, was the first patient admitted to the new unit. She shared her sentiments about her experience: “When I arrived on the unit, the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the unit and the warm and friendly staff,” said Hammer. “I was brought into my room, which felt so luxurious, just like a hotel room with lighting on dimmer switches, a beautiful bathroom with walk-in shower, and a gorgeous view out the window with hand-made mahogany lattice,” Hammer continued. “The room had a beautiful flat screen TV and the most comfortable bed! I am self-employed and rarely have the chance to relax and sleep, and this room created the perfect cocoon…I slept all day!”

“With the opening of the new unit, Anna Jaques is poised for continued growth and success as a high-quality, lower-cost community hospital,” said George E. Ellison Jr., Chairman, Anna Jaques Hospital Board of Trustees. “Anna Jaques has served the people of the eastern Merrimack Valley, North Shore and southern New Hampshire border towns for 118 years and we plan to continue that legacy for many, many years to come.”

Each private room within the 18-bed unit features its own personal bathroom and shower, a window with a view, flat-screen television and a chair or couch that becomes a bed for a loved one who is welcome to spend the night. The rooms are also equipped with advanced information technology capabilities, including improved vital sign technology that downloads each patient’s data directly into his or her electronic medical record (EMR) to reduce errors. The hallways of the unit are lined with photography and paintings from local artists, which depict beautiful, often recognizable scenes from the surrounding community.

In addition to Charles R. Cullen, members of the Capital Campaign Committee include Anna Jaques leadership Delia O’Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer; Mark Goldstein,  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Sarah Gnerre, Vice President of Development; Michele Sasmor, M.D.; Saira Naseer Ghiasuddin, M.D.; Ben Heersink, M.D.; Maury Fremont-Smith, M.D.; George H.  Ellison Jr., Chairman, Anna Jaques Hospital Board of Trustees as well as Byron J. Matthews, Wayne Capolupo, and Ann Lagasse.

ABOUT ANNA JAQUES HOSPITAL

Anna Jaques Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit community hospital serving 17 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. Our mission is to provide the highest quality medical care, in alliance with our medical staff.  Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering measurably high quality, low cost community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction. The hospital is clinically affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Boston academic medical center and major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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