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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How did Francis Marion Manor go about bringing in 95 new beds? It took a village

How did Francis Marion Manor go about bringing in 95 new beds? It took a village

MARION, Va. – Francis Marion Manor Health & Rehabilitation did some bed-swapping recently, bringing in 95 new beds to the nursing care facility – not an easy task!

Just what does it take to replace 95 beds? A lot of teamwork, but the team made the transition a great success.

See photos from the process.

Some of the beds were 15 or 20 years old and several were rentals. Francis Marion Manor leadership determined it was time to replace them with state-of-the-art Joerns UltrCare XT models specifically designed for skilled care. The new beds are fully electric, ranging from a minimum height of 7 inches to a maximum of 30 inches.

“For several of us, this was our second go-round,” said Lori Martin, assistant administrator at Francis Marion. “The first was 20 years ago! We learned from that event and shared our insight this time with the ‘newbies.’

“It was a great two days! We had fabulous teamwork – hard work but well worth the effort. Everyone was exhausted but felt very blessed to have received these new beds for the people we serve.”

Fortunately the team had good weather, which made a huge difference. Many different departments were involved, including environmental services, nurses, maintenance and CNAs (certified nurse assistants).

Several planning meetings were held leading up to the big transition, and everyone involved was given specific duties. Tony Shazier, restorative CNA, helped coordinate the event.

Martin said the rental beds were identified and placed to return to the company. Two old beds were donated to the Smyth Career and Technology Center with the Smyth County school system. One old bed was kept at the Manor for CNA students to use during skills days. Then 14 older beds were retained along with the 95 new ones to make up the total of 109 beds.

Martin describes the process:

“We started on the second floor. Old beds were labeled to show if we were keeping them, returning them to the rental company or sending them to recovery. Beds were removed from the rooms by EVS team members, Job Corps students, CNAs, nursing and maintenance. Once the room was emptied, a thorough cleaning was done by the team including EVS and nursing. New beds were then placed and residents were educated on how the bed functions.

“We had assistance from the biomedical engineering department. Eric Clark and Kris Edens were present to inspect the new beds and log them into our system as well as coordinate with the recovery team to take our old beds offsite – taking those out of our system. Then the new beds moved down the hall to team members from the activities department, nursing, maintenance and administration, who sanitized and made the beds with fresh linens. Then the beds were transported to the next awaiting room.

“Meanwhile, around the corner, members from EVS and a volunteer from Blue Ridge Job Corps were waiting for the old beds to come down. They would receive the bed, wipe down the mattress and bed and prepare it to be taken to the recovery truck. Then the facilities crew took the beds to the truck.”

Throughout the two days, team members from social work, dietary and administration helped keep everyone fed and hydrated.

“I want to give a special thanks to everyone who participated,” Martin said. “It took the entire team to do the install, but we were rewarded beyond measure by the smiling faces of residents who were so excited to get their new beds with comfy new mattresses!”