In recent years, Hardin Memorial Hospital has had more construction-related detours than an interstate highway.

As part of its continuous improvement plans, the hospital added two floors of suites to its North Tower, initiated a three-phase renovation and expansion of its emergency department, constructed a discharge pharmacy and relocated its cancer care center.

The latest in this series of high-profile improvement was the recent announcement of a $2 million remodeling of the Progressive Care Unit, which will eliminate some of the last remaining semi-private rooms at the hospital.

PCU offers a unique level of transitional care. It serves medical and surgical patients whose needs are not serious enough for the Intensive Care Unit but are too complex for a regular hospital floor.

As the name implies, a semi-private room comes with a roommate — someone who also is trying to recover from a serious misfortune or malady. Patients don’t need company at times like these. Medical care may be able to occur but certainly patient confidentiality can be compromised.

This decision is needed for many reasons. This is a high-volume unit full of unique needs which the staff can handle more efficiently in the revised set up. It’s in keeping with the Board of Trustees long-term commitment and business plan that has driven an overall improvement in patient satisfaction and quality care. And it’s what people expect these days, which makes it necessary to remain competitive.

In this period of transition pending the sale of HMH assets to Baptist Healthcare, it would be easy to stand pat. No one at HMH is willing to accept that idea.

In the ever-changing world of medical care, if you aren’t moving forward, you are losing ground. It’s encouraging to see HMH’s directors, leadership and staff continue to choose to move.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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I worked on PCU for a while, it is probably one of the best places to be as a patient, highly skilled nurses and very caring staff. The need for private rooms are the utmost priority. The manager and all the charge nurses are top notch.

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