Trinity Health announces it will relocate its hospital services, including the Emergency Trauma Center (ETC), to its new Healthcare Campus and Medical District on Sunday, April 30, starting at 6 a.m.
The new campus is located at 2305 37th Avenue SW, a mile and a half west of the U.S. Highway 83 and 37th Avenue SW intersection.
Jeffrey Sather, MD, MBA, FACEP, medical director of the Emergency Trauma Center, says the ETC transition will begin at 6 a.m. sharp. “When the magic hour of 6 o’clock arrives, the new ER will open for business and the old emergency department will no longer accept patients. We’ll continue to evaluate and treat patients that are already here until all are taken care of, but we won’t accept any new patients after 6 a.m. Those patients will need to go to the new campus,” Sather said.
Also, at that time area ambulance crews and state health partners will begin transporting inpatients from the old hospital facility to the new hospital in regular intervals in a process expected to take most of the day. “The goal is to move patients over a single day,” said Elliot Leinen, associate director of Decision Support for Trinity Health. “The move will begin in the morning and will be finished when the last patient has been safely transferred to the new campus.”
It is recommended that family and friends avoid visiting patients at the new hospital until all patients have been safely moved, preferably after Sunday.
The long-anticipated move will be a highly choreographed production for every hospital department as they begin seeing patients at the new facility while closing out activity at the old hospital. Leinen says the move will culminate hundreds of hours of planning and training in what has been a highly coordinated effort to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Assisting will be teams comprised of internal and external experts with subject-matter expertise and experience moving hospitals. Other key players will include regional and statewide EMS personnel. Staff involved in the transfer of patients will be well-trained clinical staff who care for patients on a day-to-day basis. “Each patient’s needs will be evaluated up to the targeted move time to ensure that we are fully prepared to safely transfer the patient,” Leinen said.
The relocation of hospital services will be the final step in a multi-faceted transition process. Earlier in the week, dozens of specialty physicians with hospital-based practices began seeing patients at the new Medical Office Building, which sits adjacent to the north of the new hospital. Other Trinity Health providers, including FirstCare Walk-In Clinic, primary care providers and non-hospital-based specialists, will remain at their current locations