Butler Hospital Reveals State-of-the-Art Infusion Suite Offering Alzheimer’s Patients A Better Overall Experience
Pictured above from left to right: David Rogers, Chair, Butler Hospital Foundation; Dr. Meghan Riddle, Interim Director, Memory and Aging Program, Butler Hospital; Dr. Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, founder of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Neurology, and Associate Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Brown University; Mary Marran, President and COO, Butler Hospital
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Butler Hospital’s leadership team and staff held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its newly constructed infusion suite for the hospital’s Memory and Aging Program.
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The new Memory and Aging Program infusion suite, located in the Weld Building on the Butler Hospital campus, was designed with vital input from clinical staff and others who will use the space. The bright, spacious and modern facility includes a refurbished reception area configured for improved patient comfort and customer service, a more spacious and efficient nurse’s station within sightline to patients for improved safety, and a lab processing room conveniently located adjacent to the nurse’s station. The new space also includes a large treatment room, a new added feature that provides an improved experience for both staff and patients while conducting blood draws, EKG testing and vital sign screening.
“Our new state-of-the-art infusion suite offers patients a relaxing environment while receiving the compassionate care they’ve come to expect from Butler Hospital,” said Mary Marran, president and COO, Butler Hospital.
She added, “I really hope that this new facility will make living with Alzheimer’s disease a little easier for patients who deserve a treatment experience that decreases their stress levels, and puts them more at ease.”
Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, is a leading Alzheimer’s disease researcher, and founder of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital. He is also a Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Neurology, and Associate Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Brown University.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Salloway said,
“We’re in a very exciting time for Alzheimer’s research, with promising breakthroughs happening at a rapid pace that are bringing significant advancements in treatment, diagnosis and prevention. The increase in the number and variety of studies and trials we’re now conducting here at Butler Hospital reflects that. This new space is critical for growth, providing the expanded modern facility necessary for carrying out cutting-edge research. We are so grateful to our donors and supporters for helping to make this a reality. Together with our many study volunteers we are opening the modern era for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.”
The infusion area itself was designed to provide for either a contemplative or communal experience, depending on the patient's preference. Eight new infusion bays offer more privacy, space and comfort for patients to relax while investigational medications are administered, as well as an additional chair to allow caregivers to comfortably stay with the patient throughout the infusion process. There is also a new, conveniently located nourishment station for patients and caregivers, and a sitting area where they can gather to eat lunch, play cards, or work on puzzles during the post-infusion monitoring period.
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