July 8, 2014 – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) is launching newly customized hospital gowns, designed to enhance patient comfort and dignity. EHMC collaborated with a clinical focus group and a leading manufacturer and marketer of healthcare apparel and textiles.
“Patient comfort and privacy were at the core of this comprehensive organization-wide initiative,” said Madelyn Pearson, MA, RN, CNE-A, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at EHMC. “Of utmost importance was obtaining patient feedback regarding comfort, sizing and other key features, as the patients’ experience and needs are always first in our minds. Staff provided input as to the specific goals, colors and fabrics of the new gowns. The feedback we received was incorporated into the new design, which we are thrilled to debut to patients beginning July 7.”
Typical hospital gowns are often cited as lacking comfort and dignity for the patient. EHMC’s new patient gowns will offer both of those critical elements, thanks to its modern design, flexible fit system and generous wrap-around panel, which provides maximum coverage. The gowns also feature a modern unisex print, which will allow both male and female patients to feel comfortable wearing them.
Additional snaps and ties at the neckline will provide extra adjustability as the patient gets in and out of bed, as well as more convenient and comfortable in-bed movement. The gown accommodates various body types and the ties are easily accessible, allowing both the patient and caregiver to make quick adjustments when necessary.
“EHMC will also be offering matching bottoms for additional privacy, should patients wish to walk in public areas of the hospital,” added Ernie Cantos, Director Materials Management & Support Services at EHMC. “Our goal is to seek new ways to enhance the patient experience and updating our gowns certainly aligned with our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the community we serve.”