Bangkok Hospital Pattaya launched its Intensive Medical Care Unit, a suite of six rooms that will open beds in a facility critical-care ward.
Hospital Director Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij and IMCU head Sumalee Samakanonkarn opened the ward for disease-treatment and semi-critical patients Oct. 4. The hospital hopes to expand the IMCU to 13 beds by next year.
Pichit said Bangkok Pattaya is the first hospital on the Eastern Seaboard to offer a specialized unit responsible for patients out of critical condition, but still in need of constant monitoring.
Hospital Director Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij (right) and a team of doctors announce the soon to be open IMCU.
The IMCU will have a more-relaxed atmosphere allowing relatives and guardians a closer opportunity to care and visit, decreasing the expenses in traditional Intensive Care Unit. Family members are not allowed to visit patient in the more-expensive ICU.
Pichit said the ward should be operational in January for heart, post-operative, and geriatrics patients.