Department Heads: Sheila Casey, R.N.
Location: West Campus - 2nd Floor
The 26-bed Surgical Unit is dedicated to the care of adult and geriatric patients experiencing an acute illness, injury or surgical procedure. We also have the capability to provide telemetry monitoring.
Some frequent diagnoses of patients in the unit include the following:
- Post-Operative care for surgical procedures such as gastric and bowel resections, cholecystectomy, appendectomy, hernia repairs, thyroidectomy, vascular insufficiency, mastectomy, orthopedic injuries requiring differing degrees of repair including joint replacement.
- Patients with diseases or disorders requiring diagnostic or therapeutic intervention such as gastroenteritis, gastro-intestinal bleeding, bowel obstruction, diverticulitis, pancreatitis, cirrhosis, colitis, Crohn's disease, Diabetes, COPD, pneumonia, and other acute or chronic illnesses.
Our Surgical Unit is staffed by a team of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants whose diversified experience and expertise combine to provide excellent nursing care in a caring and compassionate environment. We are part of a multidisciplinary team that also includes social services, dieticians, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, pharmacists and pastoral care.
Nursing care is an organized and systematic process provided by, or under the direction of, a registered nurse. The practice of nursing encompasses providing care to patients and their families that requires specialized knowledge, judgment and skills derived from the principles of biological, physical, behavioral, social and nursing sciences.
Nursing serves as a foundation for health, optimizing/restoring/maintaining the balance of body, mind and spirit of our patients. As such, nursing includes the recognition of priority health care needs, health care teaching, managing interdisciplinary patient care, patient advocacy and health teaching. Nursing services are provided in an atmosphere of collaboration, both interdependently and independently with other health care disciplines; to provide a quality, cost-effective, individualized and coordinated health care service to all patients throughout the organization.
Professional nursing practice is facilitated through empowerment, collaboration, and encouragement of innovation.