Marcia (Allan) Billhartz (2nd from left with scissors) with siblings Marybeth (left), Terry and Ed.

MARYVILLE - There are few experiences in life as significant as being hospitalized. Whether for something routine or serious, you want to be in a hospital room surrounded by family and friends – not a roommate. Thanks, in part, to the generous support of Marcia Billhartz, a new unit featuring 10-private patient rooms opened Monday, Nov. 12. The unit, named in honor of Marcia’s parents and family, is known as The Elmer and Connie Allan Family Unit.

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These private rooms offer a welcome retreat to patients seeking reduced noise, more rest and an increased level of comfort.

All private patient rooms at Anderson:

Increase privacy for patients to discuss care with their physicians and nurses

Allow the care team to bring medical services and technology to the bedside

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Have been proven to reduce infections

Minimize stress and improve sleep as well as healing

Reduce noise for a more restful environment

Allow for patient and family to visit freely

No additional cost to patients

The addition of this unit also facilitated the transition of 10 semi-private patient rooms to private rooms on the 3rd Medical/Surgical unit. While some semi-private rooms exist for high-census periods, the majority of patient rooms at Anderson Hospital are now private.

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