VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
Planned ProjectsThe VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) expects a significant increase in Veterans' needs for health care for many years. As Veteran's needs for primary, mental, and specialty care increase we are looking at ways to meet the demand through multiple channels. Some of these channels include:
Pharmacy Compounding Hood: VASNHCS proactively assesses and adapts clinical systems to support the safe delivery of patient-centered care. Aligned with this principle, the health care system is renovating and upgrading the existing inpatient pharmacy compounding hood to ensure all compounded sterile preparations are prepared and stored in accordance with United States Pharmacopeia National Pharmacy (USP NP) requirements. The construction project was recently awarded and will start in 2019.
VASNHCS is also initiating a separate project to construct a pharmacy chemotherapy compounding hood in the Specialty Clinic, which will reduce transportation distances for hazardous drugs and shorten compounding turnaround times. This project will ultimately improve patient and staff safety while decreasing patient wait times
Intensive Care Unit (ICU): The new ICU is located on the third floor of the hospital’s bed tower at the gold elevators and consists of 11,400 square feet of renovated space plus a 2,000 square foot addition. The new ICU features a spacious state-of-the-art design including 12 patient rooms, each with a private bathroom for use by the patient and his or her family members. The unit features the latest design concepts with decentralized nursing stations (one nurse station per two patient rooms) to allow for more effective patient care. The new ICU is planned to activate in 2020.