November 30, 2010
Heywood Hospital moved Emergency Department (ED) patients last night beginning at midnight to the new Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care. People coming to the Emergency Department now should note that the location of the new ED is on the north side of the Hospital campus, directly adjacent to the Main Entrance of the Hospital.
Patients coming to the ED should park in the Main Hospital Parking Lot, instead of the old ED lot located on the south side of the campus.
Ambulances should continue to enter through the South Side entrance and then follow the road around to the back of the campus, following signs to the Ambulance Entrance.
The Hospital planned to begin moving inpatients after breakfast on Wednesday, December 1, and expected to have the inpatient move completed by noontime. Patients located on medical, surgical, telemetry and ICU units were being moved. Additional staff and physicians for the ED were called in for the moves.
The Hospital established an Incident Command Center to oversee the moves, and to conduct the transition as a formal disaster drill. Incident commanders are Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Vice President of Nursing James Mullen and
Senior Vice President of Finance Robert Crosby.
Heywood had conducted grand opening events and tours during the week of November 20, and was inspected by the Department of Public Health on Monday, November 29. Receiving approval to open for patients, the Hospital began the move on November 30 during the night.
The Watkins Center is a new 72,000 square foot, $37.6 million addition to the Hospital. The new facility includes a new 20-bed Emergency Department, the Garrison CT Suite, a new 19 bed inpatient unit (Watkins I), replacing the existing Favor III, the Robinson-Broadhurst ICU with 6 beds, and the new 25-bed Watkins II replacing the existing Favor II.
Every patient room on the new units is private, with amenities to support patient and family centered care, such as daybeds for family to sleep over, state of the art new nurse call systems and family support rooms located on each floor.
The Hospital has raised $9.6 million thus far out of a total $10 million it hopes to raise for the new facility, under the leadership of Dr. James A. Faust.