Good Samaritan Hospital adds 80 beds to accommodate growth
By Allison Needles/Puyallup Herald
October 16, 2018
The hospital was allowed to add the beds by the state Department of Health several years ago in anticipation of an increase of patients in the future.
“These new beds will help us keep up with the demand from the community to take care of the patients that need this care so badly,” Lescia Myers, RN, clinical care director at Good Samaritan, told The News Tribune.
“Puyallup and the surrounding areas are growing very quickly and it’s hard for the hospital to keep up with the growth,” Myers said.
Construction of the eight story Dally Tower was completed in 2011. Its seventh and eighth floors were left unfinished until the hospital needed extra room. By 2015, the extra space was in demand. While licensed for 280 esds, the hospital often needed more.
“These expansions at Good Samaritan will reduce the number of times we have to turn away patients simply because we don’t have room to care for our community,” Good Samaritan Hospital President Chris Bredeson said.
The seven and eighth floor rooms – with new art and inspirational quotes on the wall – were built to make doctor-patient interractions more efficient. Extra chairs for family members can be hung on walls and couces can pull out, maximizing space.
Opening the new floors also frees up space on other floors of the hospital.
The Pulse Heart Institute Critical Care Unit will expand from 33 beds to 40 private rooms. The tower’s Intensive Care Unit will expand to 20 beds from 14. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program will expand by 23 beds.
A new, 18-bed unit for pregnant women struggling with addiction will also move into the tower.