TMH sets move-in date; hospital to be up and running in November
The Memorial Hospital has set the date to begin the process of moving into its new facility.
On Oct. 15, TMH will have ownership occupancy, meaning the building is 90 to 95 percent complete and the hospital can begin to move in furniture and equipment.
The new facility, off of Moffat County Road 7, will open and be fully functional on or about Nov. 12, said Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer.
The month in between will provide time for essential training and development.
"It's a big facility that the staff will see completed for the first time," Johnston said. "There are a lot of differences like the security system and operational workflow. They will need to spend time getting oriented to new equipment and workflow, and learn how to interface with other departments."
New security systems keep patients in different departments separate from one another to ensure privacy and safety.
The new configuration, however, will require completely new interdepartmental procedures, so extra steps will be taken to ensure the staff is familiar with the new workflow.
"When we open the doors, we want it to be flawless," Johnston said. "We want people to not know the difference if we were open for a day or open for a year."
TMH also will be conducting several open houses to allow the public to see the building in its entirety.
"This will be the only opportunity the public will have to see the whole thing," Johnston said. "Simply because it's so secure and we have taken such care to keep the patients separate form the public."
Johnston said TMH is excited to be able to move in ahead of schedule.
"It's great to be able to move in and move the patients while the weather is still great," she said. "And it'll be before the holidays for the employees. There are also some cost efficiencies. We expect to see some savings on the project because the crews will be out there two months shorter than we planned."
And although the $42.6 million project is nearing an end, TMH can't slow down now, Johnston said.
"We really have to be on our game and have all of our ducks in a row to have this happen on our accelerated schedule," she said.