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Officials tout technology, feeling of home at new Lone Peak Hospital

Published: Monday, July 29 2013 6:25 p.m. MDT

Thomas Nehren tosses his daughter Lillian as they take a tour at Lone Peak Hospital in Draper, Monday, July 29, 2013. Nehren's wife, Leslie, son Dylan and daughter Sienna are also taking the tour.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

DRAPER — Maternity ward nurses waited in anticipation as a sea green cloth was pulled off a portrait of baby Ilyas at Lone Peak Hospital.

"Oh!" many of the women exclaimed as the baby's large, dark eyes stared out from the photo on the wall.

Hafsa Abdikadir put her hand to her chest as she gazed on. Minutes earlier, she was wiping tears from her eyes, trying to compose herself before the picture of her baby was unveiled.

"This is pretty," Abdikadir, a nurse at the new hospital, said.

Lone Peak Hospital in Draper will open to the public Wednesday, a piece of the MountainStar Healthcare network that spreads from Brigham City to Payson. Abdikadir's baby is part of Lone Peak Hospital's vision of creating family-like unity among staff and providing an environment similar to home for patients.

The labor and delivery rooms are about twice the size of those at other hospitals. Delivery lights are stored flat in the ceiling and the beds have wood flooring underneath, adding to the home-like feel of the room.

Family members can stay on a pull-out bed next to the delivery bed. The mother's food order will be taken by a staff member. Menus contain anything from crepes to a grilled-salmon salad. Mothers receive a celebration dinner the night after the birth with a significant other of their choice.

When patients are taken back for surgery, they are greeted with windows that offer a view of Lone Peak mountain.

"It all adds to healing," said Mark Meadows, CEO of the new hospital.

Recovery and labor and delivery rooms also have distinct areas for nurses and families.

Meadows is a former nurse, is married to a nurse and asked other nurses and physicians for input on the hospital's design. He was involved with the hospital since the idea of MountainStar's Draper presence was introduced 13 years ago.

Designers kept nurses in mind when placing plug outlets higher up on the wall than the usual 18 inches off the ground.

Meadows sought state-of-the-art equipment, including the iSuite technology system, which allows the surgeon, nurse and anesthesiologist to track progress of the surgery on one of five to six flat screens positioned throughout the room.

A headset the physician wears includes a wireless microphone that allows them to control equipment on a boom device, including the light source, surgery camera, pump, shaver, insufflator and to record, label and grab images.

Surgeons can activate customized settings when they enter the operating room. Part of iSuite includes the capacity to pull images from the surgery and X-rays and download them on an iPad to take out to show families in the waiting area.

Sharps containers and other medical equipment are kept behind wooden cabinets, both for aesthetic and convenience purposes.

Nurses stations are housed next to the head of hospital beds so the nurses can have eye contact with patients when examining their charts.

The hospital will focus on obstetrics and non-specialty surgeries. It has 30 beds and four stories. The third story is currently empty and will be developed after assessing the community's needs, Meadows said. It will serve residents of Draper, south Sandy, South Jordan and Saratoga Springs.

The Lone Peak Emergency Center next door opened in May 2010. It offers emergency services and patient imaging.

The hospital is part of at least four phases of hospital expansion that will take place over the next five years. Meadows plans to monitor the needs of those in the area and "grow with the community." Property was purchased from three owners and is large enough to add an additional 150 beds and two additional wings.

"We've got space to make things happen over time,' he said.

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