It’s been less than two weeks since the new Northside Hospital Cherokee opened its doors and the “new car smell” is still in the halls. Everything in the facility is fresh, from the drywall to the nursing supplies, from the medical equipment to the art hanging on the walls. And we’re thrilled to be caring for patients in a space that’s three times the square footage of the previous facility. But it’s not just bigger; it’s better. Here we’re using the latest innovations that will help improve efficiency and outcomes.
It goes without saying that this transition is the result of a lot of planning and hard work. Now that the dust has settled, we’d like to take a moment to thank the staff for their commitment and dedication to making this such a success. We spent the final weeks putting finishing touches on the rooms and stocking each of the nursing stations. And we’re proud to say that our weeks of training and running drills for moving patients paid off! We had a smooth move transferring patients, who were all snug in their beds at the end of the day on May 6th.
“The safety of our patients during this transition was our number one priority,” said Katie Pearson, director of operations. We moved hospital departments in stages, allowing staff, patients and equipment to transfer to the new hospital while maintaining direct patient care operations as needed at the current facility. For a short time, we were actually operating two facilities simultaneously!
So thank you to all the teams who came together to make this grand opening a triumph of collaboration and skill. Great job!