SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday to unveil the new Clinical Lab and Intensive Care Unit at the Salisbury VA Medical Center.
The ceremony included Martha Corriher performing the national anthem, special remarks by DeAnne Seekins, FACHE, Network Director, VISN 6, Joseph Vaughn, Medical Center Director, and a blessing by Ryan Wagers, the Chief Chaplain of the VAMC.
The new Salisbury VAMC clinical laboratory is a full-service lab that supports the inpatient hospital, the operating room, outpatient clinics, oncology clinic, dialysis and two free standing Health Care Centers.
The ICU unit is increased from 5 beds to 10 beds with private rooms, and features increased privacy for patients.
"By having this state-of-the-art lab, we can turn around tests faster so that the appropriate treatment can be delivered more timely, where before, if you're trying to culture specimens, it takes days to get a result, but with some of the state-of-the-art equipment we have now, literally an hour and a half to get a diagnosis and start appropriate treatment, said VA Medical Center Director Joseph Vaughn. "Along the same lines with the ICU, our previous ICU was less than optimal for patient privacy with only separation by curtains, so from an infection control point of view, probably not the most ideal set up and so I think with the private rooms it gives us a higher degree of patient privacy and also a better infection control stand."
The new facility will support a population of nearly 89,000 veterans, according to the VA.