Hospital all moved in to new wing

Hospital all moved in to new wing
Staff at Bay Area Hospital have more room to move around in the new wing.

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The beds are made, the I.V. bags are filled and Bay Area Hospital is settled in to its new wing.

The hospital phased in the departments last week, and patients and employees seem to enjoy the new look.

The $45 million expansion houses outpatient services, an ICU unit and cardiac services.

Nurses can watch their patients from a window while getting work done.

Officials say there is also more room for families to stay with their loved ones.

Julie Erwin is an ICU nurse at the hospital, and she says they like all the elbow room they have now. "There's a lot more light, lots of room," she said. "It used to be really cramped, we'd have to ask the families to just step outside for a few minutes. Now, we can just ask them to step to the back of the room."

One patient told KCBY News he likes that the new wing because it, "smells better."