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Don’t let the peaceful scene outside Building Hope fool you. As the calendar brings us closer to the day we welcome the first patients into the Forest zone on April 21st, the inside is buzzing with activity. We began setting up, moving in, testing and training on March 1 and won’t stop until we’ve done everything necessary to provide safe care from day one.

Our patient care teams have already completed a simulated “day-in the-life” of their new units and we’ve rehearsed our plan for safely moving patients from the existing building to Building Hope. Staff training will continue through April 12 and we will conduct final set-up and cleaning from April 13 through 21. During that time, Building Hope will be closed to everyone but essential staff. On April 20, we’ll set up a command center to provide support before, during and after the move.

Patients from the Cancer Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit will move into Building Hope on April 21. The new Emergency Department will open April 23.