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Cardiac care at The Queen's Medical Center has had three breaking developments this year: the adopting of the Women's Heart Advantage program, the revitalization of the Queen's Heart Center, and now, the opening of the Comprehensive Cardiac Care Unit on Queen Emma Tower 6. The unit officially opens September 9, 2003.

This concept for the future, now a reality, was developed into an all private, 40-bed Cardiac Comprehensive Care Unit, a health care delivery model that is a first in the State of Hawai’i. Unique to the unit is that every room can address all of a patient's health care needs, from intensive care to telemetry. Patients will remain in the same room from admission to discharge, eliminating transfers from unit to unit.

The Cardiac Comprehensive Care Unit included a place where families can be close as well as learn about their loved one's condition and treatments. Rooms have a family area with a sleeper chair, along with a data drop for Internet access. A family lounge allows loved ones to have a separate area to eat and rest.

Both patients, visitors and staff will find that QET 6 artfully blends advanced technology with dramatic architecture and special lighting based on a theme of nature and gardens. The unit incorporates a sense of openness, which is at once aesthetic and reflective of the functional qualities of critical care. Instead of signs, flooring colors are used to help visitors find their way. Sand colored pathways lead the patients, families and visitors to and from the elevators to patient rooms, while rich, green areas reflect staff zones.

The new Cardiac Comprehensive Care Unit also features the following benefits:
• A work environment that brings all cardiac patients together on one floor.
• An ergonomic work environment.
• Decentralized work areas have eliminated the central nurses' station, bringing the point-of-care closer to patients.
• Wireless laptops allow for flexibility with critically ill patients.

The Comprehensive Cardiac Care Unit brings the future of health care to Queen's, and to people of Hawai’i.

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