There’s only one thing left to say after the safe and successful opening of Building Hope last week: Whew! Or maybe: Wow! And: Thanks!
Patients from our Cancer Care, Pediatric Intensive Care and Cardiac Intensive Care units completed a smooth move into bright and shiny spaces in the Forest zone on April 21 while our new and improved Emergency Department – complete with its own radiology center – opened its doors right on schedule at 7 a.m. on April 23.
After lots of rehearsal, training and simulation, the biggest surprise was a pleasant one. Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, dropped by to visit with patients on moving day.
“The results of last week’s successful move into Building Hope demonstrate how the years of planning and attention to detail paid off,” says Meredith Gould, associate chief nurse. “Staff, faculty, patients and families were well-prepared and I am so proud that everyone was safely moved and settled into the new Forest zone on schedule and without incident.”
Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in designing and constructing Building Hope and to everyone involved in the move. The smiles on the faces of patients, families and caregivers are proof of a job well done.