Patients checking in to Gunnison Valley Hospital will now experience a
more modern facility that is centered on delivering quality patient care
for the future.
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO Rob Santilli said the Patient Care Unit
remodel was designed with the patient in mind and the infrastructure to
accommodate innovations in healthcare.
“The future of rural healthcare is constantly changing,” said
Mr. Santilli. “The opportunities with telehealth continue to improve
and our patient rooms now have a new platform to accommodate the most
advanced technological innovations.”
Director of the Patient Care Unit Sherilyn Skokan said each room has wheelchair-accessible
bathrooms and additional space for visitors to sleep and eat with their
“All of the equipment and important outlets are hidden behind custom
built cabinetry and artwork which provides a less clinical feel and more
of a homelike experience,” said Ms. Skokan.
“Additional space was created for our specialized care teams who
complement our physicians and nurses to help deliver an integrated approach
to patient care.”
“The new enhancements have streamlined our workflow providing our
nurses the ability to deliver the best possible care to our patients,” she said.
Recognizing the strong orthopedic service we have here in the Valley, Skokan
said a Total Joint Center was incorporated into this project.
“We work with talented and board certified Orthopedic Surgeons, and
now with a dedicated Total Joint Center, we aim to be the number one joint
replacement service in the state,” said Ms. Skokan.
Gunnison Valley Hospital first extended its footprint 19 years ago which
included the existing 15-room Patient Care Unit. With the remodel of the
Birthing Center three years ago, renovating the Patient Care Unit for
the future was a priority.
Gunnison Valley Health’s VP of Administrative Services Wade Baker
said the $2.1 million remodel was a three phase project that began last
“Renovating a hospital in full operation is never an easy task,”
said Mr. Baker. “There are a number of challenges to tackle and
many elements to consider such as successfully maintaining daily operations
to meet patient volume, minimizing downtime and interruptions to utilities,
and managing an active infection control program.”
“Thanks to our experienced contractors and the flexibility of our
staff, we managed to complete a superior facility on schedule and within
budget,” said Mr. Baker.
Santilli further added that Gunnison Valley Health is committed to being
a leader in rural healthcare.
“We strive to provide the highest quality of care that rivals anywhere
in the nation,” he said. “We will continue to redefine rural
healthcare and build towards the future,” he said.