Medical Surgical/Observation Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
    12.64 Medical Surgical
    1.01 Observation
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
    1:5 Adult
    1:4 Pediatric
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1-2 for all patients on Unit
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available

Medical Surgical, also known as 2 South, is located on the second floor of the main tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alma. We have the opportunity to care for a wide variety of patients on our private 18-bed unit. The unit is a very fast pace, ever changing unit, providing opportunities to always be advancing our knowledge. The team on 2 South works in collaboration with various disciplines ensuring that our patients receive the care that they need while they stay with us, as well as, ensuring they have what they need when they return home. Staff from 2 South also operates the observation unit when it is open and is typically used as an overflow.

Types of Patient Care

  • Pediatrics and adults
  • CHF
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Renal failure
  • Wound infections
  • Cardiac rule outs
  • CVA
  • Cellulitis
  • Total joints
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Surgical patients
  • Bowel surgeries

The Medical Surgical Unit is a special unit because you always have to be on your toes. Due to this unit being fast paced, some days we can be getting multiple discharges at the same time and filling those beds with admissions as soon as the bed is available. All staff have to work as a team to ensure that the unit is successful.

Engagement opportunities include unit practice council, falls committee, sepsis committee, hand hygiene monitoring, preceptor program, system nursing councils, and skills days.

Nurses typically receive approximately 6-8 weeks of orientation in combination with pathway classes.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “I like how busy the unit is with all of the admits and discharges. The whole unit works as a team to make the unit run smoothly.” — Ashley Ramirez, P.C.T.

  • “I like to work 2 South because we work as a team. The fast pace of the unit makes the shift fly by.” — Stacy Hasse, Unit Secretary

  • "I like the fast pace and being able to keep busy. I like the nice variety of patients we get." — Hally Bush, R.N.

  • "Serving a smaller community, we have the opportunity to care for the same patients or families on 2 South repeatedly. We get to know them as one of our own. The teamwork on the unit helps ensure that no one nurse or tech is left to flounder on their own.” — Shenandoah Shinabarger, B.S.N., R.N., C.M.S.R.N.

  • “I like 2 South because we are able to see improvements in our patients that come to us both electively and emergently. Our people are pretty awesome too.” — Renee Gluch, B.S.N., R.N.