January 29, 2006 -- Posted at 5:50 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- Going into the hospital is difficult enough, but once you get into the hospital you often have to share a room with another patient.
“We are so pleased to announce that beginning now
The physician owners of the hospital have wanted to make this move for a long time.
“It's just a step along the way in our efforts to make this a first class hospital,” said Dr. Woodruff.
Paula Grimes, the Chief Nursing Officer at the
“When you come into the hospital and you're very sick the last thing you want to do is be in the room with another patient that's very sick,” said Grimes.
And it seems patients feel the same way, “I've had two patients in here with me since I started in here a couple days ago. Both of them were nice but it's been a lot quieter since they left,” said Jason Patterson, a patient at the
Other than privacy there are other perks as well, primarily: confidentiality.
“Not only does an all private room facility make it more convenient for the patients, but it makes it easier for us to provide quality care and it also provides a very safe environment,” said Dr. Woodruff.
Nurses can feel free to discuss the condition of a patient without worrying about someone else overhearing.
“It gives you more freedom to talk about what you're going through more freedom to actually express where the pain is,” said Patterson
Doctors at the
“It's really a big help in a hospital to have family around and it makes it so much more convenient to have the private room environment,” said Dr. Woodruff.
Doctors, nurses, and all of the staff say that this change is a positive one.
“We just want to provide better care. It'll help raise our standard of care by going to all private (rooms) and that's why we made the decision. It's going to be better for our patients,” said Grimes.
Saint Bernards Medical Center tells us they too have many private rooms available for their patients.
While some of their rooms can be made semi-private if necessary, they attempt to have private rooms for all patients who enter their facility.