Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building
For the past few years, a tireless team of leaders, physicians, nurses, facilities experts, patients and families has been working to design a facility that will help us provide the best possible care to the sickest and most complex patients in our region, in an environment that promotes healing and quiet. The facility is also designed to be incredibly efficient and cost-effective. In April 2016, the project received regulatory approval to begin construction. In February 2019 construction was complete.
We will be conducting staff orientation and training, and outfitting the new space with furnishing and equipment until we open the building on June 1, 2019.
Keeping the Care Team Close to the Patient’s Bedside
The layout of the Miller building is designed to make it easy for staff to stay close to their patients’ rooms as they provide care.
Central to the layout are the three care stations, which have computers, telephones and monitors, and views of the patient information boards - giving staff a place to collaborate and do their work.
On each unit there are also 16 micro-computer stations – one for every two rooms – as well as a computer in each patient room.
“Access to a computer close to the patient’s bedside is central to the overall design,” says Brianna Kim, Miller program manager. “It makes it easier for the care team to be responsive to patient needs in real time.”
Also on each floor is a team workroom, a multidisciplinary space for caregivers to work, collaborate and teach. Each team workroom has nine computers and a 50-inch computer monitor.
“The whole focus,” says Dawn LeBaron, vice president, Hospital Services, “is to make it easier for our staff to care for our patients as close to the bedside as possible.”
Bedside Information at Our Patient’s Fingertips
Imagine you’re a patient in the Miller Building. You’ve just had some blood work done, and you’re wondering if the results are available yet. You don’t want to bother your nurse. What to do?
Enter the Rego Patient Device, a bedside tablet currently being piloted on Baird 7 that enables patients to call their nurses and control their TVs and overhead lights.
The device also offers access to MyChart Bedside, a tablet-based application that gives patients and their families more information about their hospital stay. Patients can use the app to keep track of their daily schedule, learn more about members of the care team, monitor recent vitals and labs and review educational materials.
Faces of Philanthropy
The generosity of our community – including our employees - has played a significant role in bringing the Miller building to fruition.
I donated to the Miller Building because every day I get the opportunity to see how much the physicians at our hospital care about their patients. To me, the Miller Building represents the dedication and passion of our physicians who are constantly striving to make the patient experience better.
— Libby Sievers, Staff Assistant, Women’s Health Care Service
- Filling a hospital building with the equipment needed to care for patients is no small task. Just ask Facility Planner Kristi Bogner, who has been busy ordering a wide range of essential items, including:
- 330 task chairs
- 375 paper towel dispensers
- 196 printers
- 318 television sets
- Vermont workers contributed over 500,000 hours of labor to this project.
- There are 225,000 pounds of ductwork installed in the building – in total, weighing the same as a U.S. Space Shuttle. Some of the ducts are large enough to drive a small car through.