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A remodeled inpatient room, including new furniture and TV screens, is seen at O-Connor Hospital in Delhi.

DELHI _ Patients at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi feel like they are staying at a luxury hotel, hospital spokeswoman Karen Maher said Monday.

"Folks who come here are mostly older, and they say they feel like they are at the Hilton," Maher said. "They love it, they just love it."

O'Connor Hospital has recently completed a two-phase plan to enhance the inpatient experience through the addition of new wireless technology and the remodeling of eight inpatient rooms, Maher said.

The improvements were funded by a $181,269 bequest from the estate of Ralph G. Davidson, a lifelong-resident of Delhi, who died at age 95 in 2006.

"Mr. Davidson was a regular supporter of O'Connor Hospital," said CEO and administrator Daniel M. Ayres on Monday. "But when we got the bequest, it was quite a surprise to us."

Ayres said Davidson spent time in the hospital before his death.

"He had been a regular inpatient, so we thought that a perfect way to use his bequest was to upgrade the rooms," Ayres said.

He said a plaque acknowledging Davidson's gift has been installed on the inpatient unit.

The first phase of improvements occurred late last spring with the installation of a Philips wireless telemetry system, which allows the monitoring of a patient's heart rate at a central monitoring unit located at the nursing station.

The system is capable of observing the heart rates of as many as eight patients at a time and provides laser printouts of cardiac activity for analysis and medical records.

Last month, upgrades were completed in eight inpatient rooms.

The improvements included new beds, rocking chairs, armoires, flat-screen television sets, window treatments, shelving units and energy-efficient lighting and fixtures.

The renovations also included rewiring of patient bed controls.

"We have been getting some very positive comments," Ayres said.

"The rooms are very comfortable," Maher said. "They are all done in pastel colors _ blue, green and a soft salmon pink."

Davidson's gift ensured his legacy as a member of the Cupola Society, an honorary group that includes donors who make bequests and life income gifts in their estate plans to the Friends of Bassett Annual Fund.

It also includes those who support specific programs or facilities throughout the Bassett Healthcare system, including O'Connor Hospital.

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