GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Christmas came early for the local VA Hospital this year: The re-opening of the hospital’s third floor.
This renovated floor will be able to accommodate 14 patients who need intensive care. Hospital workers are excited about what the future holds.
“The biggest thing on this floor is that they’re all private rooms,” said Marnie Bingham of Patient Care Services. “Not all of our current rooms are private, so these are private dedicated, they have their own bathroom.”
The nurse who will be managing the floor says the private rooms and modern equipment will help her and her staff provide better care.
“We’re finally becoming modernized,” said Debbie Richcreek, a nurse manager at the VA, “we’re going to be able to offer things that other facilities in this town offer to our veterans so they can stay here.”
The third floor of the VA Hospital has been unavailable for use for about a year now during the renovations. One veteran who lives on the first floor at the ‘Community Living Center’ says the third floor opening back up in about a week means more space for him and other residents, and more space for care.
“We’ve only got room for 30 people downstairs,” said Kenneth Hooker, a Navy veteran. “So this will add another 14 people who will be able to move up here.”
Kenneth Hooker is a Navy veteran who has lived at the VA ‘Community Living Center’ for the past three years. He says this floor opening back up will mean a more peaceful space for those veterans dealing with most serious health issues.
“These private rooms will be really nice for people who only have a few weeks to live. That way they can have family and have privacy.”