Patient Move and Opening of New Hospital Goes Off Without a Hitch
On Saturday, November 21, at 6 a.m., the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center officially opened for business as the doors of the Emergency Department were opened to the public. At the same time, health system staff at the Braddock Hospital campus across town started the process of moving patients to the new Medical Center on Willowbrook Road.
With a team of 30 ambulances lined-up and ready for transport, 83-year-old William Weigand of LaVale was the first patient to be loaded into the waiting ambulance. Minutes later, Mr. Weigand arrived at the new hospital and became the first patient to be admitted to the new facility.
WMHS President & CEO Barry Ronan is shown greeting Mr. Weigand as he is checked into the new hospital by Sheri Troutman, RN, Coordinator of Patient Safety (right), and Jamie Karstetter, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing (left).
During the course of the day, 154 patients (92 from Braddock and 62 from Memorial) were transferred to the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The move was very carefully planned and it was carried out with flawless precision. It was actually completed well ahead of schedule.
By 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, the last patient from Memorial Hospital had arrived at the new hospital, marking the completion of the massive patient move and the beginning of a new tradition of caring on Willowbrook Road.
Right: Charles Lease of Cumberland was the last patient to be transferred from Memorial Hospital to the new hospital on Saturday. Shown with Mr. Lease are (from left) Dr. Jim Raver, WMHS Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; Lauren Metz, RN; Karen Howsare, RN, WMHS Director of Nursing; Janice Lease, patient's wife; Dawn Russell, EMT from Lifestar Response; and Dawn Snyder, RN.
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