August 28, 2011
It's the big move from the old Martha Jefferson Hospital to the new one at Peter Jefferson Place in Pantops. Staff members started the process of the move early Sunday morning, some of them arriving as early as 3:30am.
"We're really excited," said Chief Nurse Executive Amy Black. "We're going to be moving about 60 patients from our Locust Avenue location to our new facility on Pantops."
Teams met to discuss plans Sunday morning to make sure everything ran smoothly. Everyone wore a shirt describing their positions and roles.
Staff members prepared and waited for their first patient to exit. Jodie Stellern and her newborn baby named River were the first patients in the new facility.
"It's very exciting. I didn't actually think it would happen to us but it is exciting. We get to move over there and be the first ones in the building," she said.
The new facility was a decade in the making but MJH President Jim Haden says the new hospital was well worth the wait.
"It feels wonderful. It's been a long but wonderful journey from the very beginning of finding this fabulous piece of property, planning on how to use it best, incorporating the ideas of other hospitals, community members, nurse, doctors donors and the rest. Then to build it over the last three years and finally to see the moving day today is pretty exciting," Haden explains.
All 60 patients were moved to the new facility and the first baby has already been born in the new facility.