What a Difference a Year Makes: One year in our new hospital
The last patient to be moved from the former location attracts a crowd upon arriving at the new RMH Hospital and Health Campus, June 22, 2010.
Boy, is today different than it was one year ago!
Last year at this time (9am), I had already been at work for 4.5 hours. I was wearing a neon-green safety vest, t-shirt and shorts, and carrying a backpack filled with water, snacks, a notepad, a cell phone, and a three-ring binder. . .and I hadn't really bothered with my hair.
Was I working construction, you ask? Road work? Nooo...
I was helping to move a hospital.
On June 22, 2010, RMH began the historic, once-in-a-lifetime process of moving a hospital. On that warm summer day, the Marketing and Corporate Communications teams helped to record the process of moving more than 90 patients from our old facility on Cantrell Avenue to our state-of-the-art new facility on Health Campus Drive.
I was assigned to the old campus, while some of my team members spent their day at the new facility. Me and the camera guy got as much footage as we possibly could - interviewing staff, interviewing patients, watching them have final team meetings - and sadly, watching them shut off the lights in different units as they were emptied.
The most emotional part of my day was watching the Emergency Department sign above its entrance be taken down. It was actually sad - knowing we were shutting down a building that had seen so much in its 90+ years of service - so much healing, hope, laughter, tears . . . births and deaths.
It was a moving day . . . physically and emotionally.
Today is much quieter. I can sit here at my desk and work quietly and steadily, pausing every now and then to reflect on one year ago. (I'm kind of wishing for the t-shirt and shorts, but that's ok...). It's been an exciting year for RMH - and our new campus feels very much like home.
What are your memories of moving day? Did you follow the story on the news? When was the first time you walked inside our new hospital? Tell us your stories!
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