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St. Joseph Hospital opens new North East Wing


St. Joseph Hospital opens new North East Wing

Patients successfully moved into the state-of-the-art facility

Eureka, CA (November 12, 2012) – After several years of planning and construction, St. Joseph Hospital successfully opened its new North East Wing (NE Wing) on Sunday, November 11, 2012 to patients and the community. Thirty-two progressive care patients and two intensive care patients were moved safely and smoothly into their rooms in the new state-of-the-art medical facility. The new, expanded emergency department also opened in the NE Wing at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The patient move, which began at 8:00 am on Sunday, was completed by 12:00 p.m., several hours ahead of schedule. The entire management team worked with dozens of employees to ensure a successful transition for both patients and staff occurred. "Each patient had a team assigned to him or her to ensure the patient was safe and moved without incident," said Laurie Watson Stone, VP, Ancillary and Support Services. "The whole process went tremendously well."

Eureka resident Jacquelynn Schenck was the first patient moved into the NE Wing. Upon being admitted to the hospital last week, Schenck didn't know she would be moving into the new facility. She was doubly surprised when she learned she would be the first patient transferred. The whole process for Schenck went quickly and smoothly. "I was well treated. There's nothing they could have done better."

St. Joseph Hospital's new 100,000 square foot NE Wing houses a pre-operative department, post-anesthesia care unit, surgical suite with eight operating rooms, catheterization lab, intensive care unit, progressive care unit, expanded emergency department, diagnostic imaging, sterile processing, expanded lobby and family lounges and additional patient and visitor comforts. This facility includes new, state-of-the-art equipment which ensures the community has access to the highest quality health care possible for years to come. "St. Joseph Hospital has been caring for the North Coast for almost a century. The opening of the NE Wing is a momentous occasion for our patients, our staff and our community," Watson Stone said. Additionally, Watson Stone said "We are so thankful to our amazing staff and caring community that really made this possible."

The $145 million project came about as a result of an unfunded mandate requiring all hospitals to comply with updated state seismic laws by 2013. Though parts of the existing St. Joseph Hospital facility are compliant, the original building built in 1954 is not.

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Amber Flowers, manager of St. Joseph Hospital's progressive care unit, welcomes Jacquelynn Schenck, the first patient in SJH's new NE Wing.


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