Prior to moving patients from the old Hedrick Medical Center to the new facility, members of the Hedrick Medical staff will hold a mock patient move beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Prior to moving patients from the old Hedrick Medical Center to the new facility, members of the Hedrick Medical staff will hold a mock patient move beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Catherine Hamilton, chief nursing officer at Hedrick Medical Center, said the purpose of practicing the transport is to see if there are any things that need to be fixed before the staff actually moves the patients to the new facility.
"What we're trying to do is work out any bugs for the real move," Hamilton explained. "It's just a practice."
There will be six people, including staff members, members of the community and board members, assigned to play the role of a patient. Each patient will have different diagnoses and problems unknown to the staff members running the practice. Hamilton said the purpose of this is to allow the staff to think on their feet when handling potential problems that they could run into with the real patient move.
The practice is slated to last an hour and a half in order to leave time for the practice patients to give feedback and tips from a patient's perspective.
"We're really trying to put ourselves in their shoes, in their position, so we're empathetic to what they're going through," Hamilton said.
The real patients at Hedrick Medical Center will be moved at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Hamilton said the length will depend on how many patients are at the hospital. If the hospital is at full capacity, the move can be expected to be complete around 7:30 a.m. Hamilton added that the goal is to effectively move a patient every three minutes.
On the day of the move, there will be four ambulances running in a circular rotation. There will be cleaning and transfer stations set up at each facility. A patient will be taken down to the transfer station, where they will be placed on a gurney with warm blankets and moved to the new facility. Their bed will be stripped of linens, washed down and receive new linens. When the patient arrives at the new Hedrick Medical Center, he/she will be placed on their new bed and taken up to their new room. The gurney will be disinfected and washed before traveling back to the old facility to retrieve another patient.
"We're excited, it really is fun," Hamilton said. "You get all that hard work done up front and then the patient move day ends up being a real celebration."
In addition to the patient move, there is the physical move and the employee and staff orientation and move. Chief Financial Officer Janet Buckman is in charge of the physical move, which is made up of transferring all equipment to the new facility, ensuring the new facility is ready and in working order, checking that all equipment is in place and closing down the old facility. Director of Human Resources Lisa Hecker is in charge of employee and staff orientation, which is broken up into three categories; general orientation, departmental orientation and equipment orientation. All employees and staff members will go through these sessions.
The open house of the new Hedrick Medical Center will be held Thursday, Jan. 23. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 2 p.m., with an open house to follow until 7 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public.
The hospital will have its grand opening Thursday, Feb. 13.