Parkview Moves Patients Into New Medical Center

By Stephanie Parkinson

March 17, 2012 Updated Mar 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It's been more than a decade in the making, but Saturday Parkview Regional Medical Center officially opened. Now, more than 100 patients are being treated in the new hospital.

"It takes a team of people to really relocate a patient, and over 100 patients it takes an even greater team of people to do that," said Sue Ehinger, President, Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Throughout the day Saturday ambulances moved people from the Randallia Parkview Hospital to the new medical center. Some patients were coming from standard hospital rooms, but many had been in intensive care units so Parkview used specialty ambulances that are essentially an ICU on wheels.

"Special team of people, special equipment within that ambulance in case a situation would arise that they would need assistance," said Ehinger.

This new building means lots of changes for staff, but the nurses say it also means a safer environment.

"Everything for patient safety is improved. So our risk for falls will be less, our risk for pressure ulcers will be less, our medication risks will be less because we scan," said Judy Moore, RN, Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Moore has been with Parkview for more than 30 years and Saturday she was one of the many helping move patients.

"We got our first patient, was a heart attack patient, went emergently to the cath lab and everything went really well," said Moore.

Moore wasn't alone, it took more than 500 people to move these patients into the new Parkview Regional Medical Center.

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