Less than a month

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We are approaching crunch time with the expansion.  We will begin seeing patients in the new space on June 6, specifically in the Emergency Department, Imaging Service and the new Operating Rooms.  The lobby of the expansion and admitting will open then as well.  Here are a few pictures to provide you some perspective of what’s done and what’s left to be done.

The picture above is the Woman’s Imaging Suite in the Imaging Department.  This space will house our 3D mammography unit and stereotactic biopsy equipment.

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The picture above shows the treatment bays in the new Emergency Department.  The current Emergency Department has 10 treatment bays and the new space will have 15 bays.

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As you can see above, the food preparation equipment has been installed in the Bistro.  The equipment vendors and Starbucks will be on-site to provide training this week.

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The picture above is of the Imaging Department waiting room.  The plastic sheeting you see on the left of the room will be replaced with frosted glass.  The waiting area is located along the main lobby and the frosted glass will help to provide privacy to patients and families in the waiting area and will slide to close off the space after hours.

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Relocating the Imaging equipment is a major undertaking.  The photo above and the three that follow were taken when the MRI was being moved from the current facility into the expansion.  The MRI was taken out of commission, partially disassembled.  A wall was demoed and the bore, which you see above, was rolled down the hall on a specially made lift.  The bore weighs close to 10 tons and it was transported through the lobby of the expansion to the parking lot.  Once outdoors a crane was used to lift the bore and then it was placed into new space through a window.

The MRI will be back in action when we open new space, until then we will be utilizing a mobile service to meet our MRI needs.  I will continue to post updates in the days head so keep checking back.

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About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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