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VA Medical Center renovates ICU unit

Buffalo's VA Medical Center celebrated the renovation of its intensive care unit with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning at the 12,000-square foot project.

The 15-bed unit at the facility at 3495 Bailey Ave. provides care to some of the most critically ill and complex patients within the Veterans Administration system, according to the VA Western New York Healthcare System.

The $733,205-renovation project was performed entirely by VA Engineering staff. The comprehensive project updated walls, doors, flooring, ceilings, lighting, medical gas system, electric distribution and panels, fire alarm upgrades, nurse call, nurses station millwork, patient lifts, telemetry and duct cleaning.

Veterans in need of critical care and those who have surgery receive one-on-one care in the ICU from a highly skilled health care team until they are ready to progress to another unit. Some of the specialized services and treatment provided in the renovated ICU are post-operative cardiac care, plasmapharesis (a type of blood filtering akin to dialysis), the insertion of an Impella heart pump, continuous veno-veno hemofilatration dialysis (treatment for patients with acute renal failure), intra-aortic balloon pump (a device that helps  your heart pump more blood), ventilator support and more.

“Opening this renewed ICU unit continues the modernization of our VA facilities so we may continue to provide the high quality of care our patients have earned,” stated Michael J. Swartz, executive director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System. “The updates mark an important step in our journey toward creating a veteran-centered culture of excellence.”

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