Carle expects to finish move to new tower next month

Carle expects to finish move to new tower next month

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital will continue moving into its tower addition Sunday, with plans to have the entire move completed by the end of October.

Moving into the nine-story tower this weekend are about 20 to 25 patients from a cardiology unit and cardiovascular intensive care unit to the sixth floor of the new space, says Beth Edrington, vice president of performance improvement and consulting at Carle.

Already moved from older areas of the hospital into the new space are the pharmacy and the Heart and Vascular Institute physician offices and diagnostics and interventional cardiology procedure labs, she said.

More relocations will take place Sept. 29 and continue in October, with all moves from old to new space expected to be completed Oct. 27, Edrington said.

The last phases of the move will involve decompressing some of the volume in more crowded units, to move patients to new bed areas, she said.

Behind each move is extensive planning and preparation, she said.

"They've literally had scavenger hunts to make sure everybody knows where everything is at," Edrington said.

A command center is being staffed through the move and settling-in period, and volunteers will be helping inform family members about what's going on, Edrington said.

"We have kind of an arsenal of support as that happens," she said.

The new 400,000 square-foot tower addition at the corner of Coler and Church streets includes 136 new patient rooms and comes with its own 250-space parking lot.

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