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Marshfield Hospital adds state of the art beds

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Ever wonder how a hospital full of sick and injured people brings in new equipment?

Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield is doing just that by swapping out 300 patient beds.

Hospital staff has to complete the project one room at a time.

They have three days to do it, but hospital officials say it's worth the effort.

"The advancements we'll see is that it will increase patient care," said Layton Anderson, Hospital Operations.

The hospital has set up a complex assembly line to switch out the old beds.

"They're bringing them off, setting up all of the beds for us, putting all of the equipment on it, we test it, then we have to clean it, put the linens on the bed and we take it up to one of our nursing floors." said Layton. "Up there we hand it off to one of our associates on the floor, they bring us the old bed, we bring that one down, and that one goes out on another truck going out of the building," added Layton.

The new beds are state of the art, costing more than $10,000 each.

"These beds here are going to help reduce falls and increase patient experience, so they're going to enjoy their time here a little bit more," said Tim Pierret, representative for Striker Medical.

One of the new features is the beds exit system which alerts staff anytime a patient gets close to the edge.

This system is supposed to prevent any sort of possible injury or fall.

As for the old beds? They'll be dismantled, recycled or donated for different uses.

A patient who was one of the first to use the new beds says he likes the change.

"These have new foam mattresses, kind of a gel foam and they're really nice," said Arthur Smith, patient.

Hospital officials say the entire project costs around five million dollars.

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