In 1978 Cary Medical Center opened its doors at the hospital’s current Route 1 location with a new, state-of-the-art medical facility for Caribou and surrounding area residents. At the time, looking to keep the culture and tradition of providing personal, patient and family centered care, local hospital officials, architects and planners had the foresight and vision to create only single-private inpatient rooms for the brand new hospital.  

Cary Medical Center

Fast forward to 2016, and again working with all local contractors and construction crews, a $1.5 million renovation project upgrading all of Cary’s Acute Care Unit, (ACU) rooms and nurses station, was completed in August.

“We’ve spent considerable time and effort redesigning our entire Acute Care Unit to make it even more comfortable and patient-pleasing,” explained Shawn Anderson, Cary Chief Operating Officer and Project Administrator.

The new rooms, including the addition of four adjoining palliative care rooms, also includes a new digital nurse-call system, new flat-screen TV’s, new computer stations, new LED patient room lighting, new high-performance windows and window treatments, new laminate-wood flooring, fresh paint, new comfortable furnishings for both patients and visitors, and lots of artwork by local Aroostook County photographer Paul Cyr.

Hospital staff and administrators were involved from the start of the project, selecting fabrics, furniture and artwork. The final design creates a private and warm space that’s welcoming and comfortable for patients, visitors and staff.

In order to minimize the disruption for the patients and staff, the project was done in stages by completing 4 to 5 rooms at a time, Anderson explained.  Rooms on the hospital’s transition floor were brought back into use so that ACU room capacity of 21 beds was not affected throughout the project.

The next phase of the room renovation project will extend to other Inpatient Units as further design work and Board approval dictates.

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