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Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center opens respite rooms for patient families

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center opened four respite rooms that provide a private space where patient families can nap, shower or have quiet time. These rooms, funded by the physicians through Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center, will give families the separate space they need while spending countless hours in the hospital with loved ones.

Many families with a critically ill loved one in a high-acuity area of the hospital, like the intensive care unit, are reluctant to leave the hospital. These rooms will allow families to take a break, while remaining nearby. Each room is equipped with two twin beds and a full bath.

This project is an example of the many ways donations to Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center supports patients.

“Our mission behind these respite rooms is to make our patients and their families comfortable,” said Dr. Lawrence Nycum, senior vice president of medical affairs of Novant Health. “The rooms will allow our patients to have their loved ones close by, while it also gives our patient families a place to rest during a stressful time.”

“I am proud of our physicians who identified this need and implemented a change that will benefit our patients and their families,” Nycum said.

The medical executive committee funded a $10,000 grant through Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Centerto redecorate four rooms on the fifth general floor, formerly the sleep center.

For more information, please visit NovantHealth.org.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016