On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, more than 100 patients were moved from the existing hospital to the new, state-of-the-art Marian Regional Medical Center. The patient move began promptly at 8:00 a.m. and all patients were moved over to their new private patient rooms by 12:30 p.m. The patient move process was a seamless transition conducted by more than 200 medical and support staff, hospital volunteers and Allan Hancock College Emergency Services Academy students who working together carefully and systematically moved 209 patients to the new facility. (see New Hospital Project)
“It’s really exciting. It’s satisfying for our community because our community has waited a really long time for a new hospital,” said Chuck Cova, President and CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center.
The new hospital’s Emergency Department opened at 7:00 a.m. on May 22 and double the size of the previous department, includes 32 beds and offers dedicated imaging services (x-ray and CT scanner) for emergency patients.
“Knowing that we’re moving patients into a hospital that’s not just current, but a hospital that’s going to survive us for the next couple of generations because of the way it’s designed, it’s pretty special,” remarked Cova during the patient move.