Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Prepares to Move Hospital One Patient at a Time
With support from EMS teams, patients will transfer to the new replacement hospital every three minutes
Mt. Sterling, KY – After more than a year of training, planning and preparation, the staff of Saint Joseph –Mount Sterling is preparing for the patient transfer to the brand new hospital. At 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, staff members will begin moving patients one-by-one from the existing downtown hospital to the new replacement facility located off I-64 at Exit 110. Both hospitals will remain operational during the entire move to provide seamless and uninterrupted patient care.
The orchestration of detail and manpower has been planned down to the minute. Patients will be transferred by ambulance (at no cost to them). “The process is timed so that patients will leave the emergency department at the existing facility every three minutes and the entire patient transfer should be completed within just a few hours,” said Greg Gerard, Interim President of Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling. “We cannot wait to welcome our patients and their loved ones into this incredible new healing environment.”
In order to complete the move in a just few hours, the normal staff size will nearly double. With the increased staffing and early start time, it is expected the move could end around 9:00 a.m. The emergency department will be the last area to transfer; remaining patients will be treated on-site and admitted patients will be transferred to the new facility.
The new hospital is already stocked with necessary supplies and equipment. Items that could be moved ahead of time are in place along with new technology across the hospital. Non-patient care and administrative offices began moving this week.
With support from Montgomery County Ambulance, patients will travel down Winn Street, The By-Pass and Maysville Road to reach the new hospital. Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling has worked with local and state police for assistance with navigating through traffic, as well as the local health department. The public is asked to avoid the area if possible to help ensure patients are transported safely and quickly.
Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling’s new $60 million, 114,000-square-foot regional facility will offer state-of-the-art OR and endoscopy suites, a Birthing Center and new Infusion Center. Outpatient spaces will expand allowing Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling to treat more outpatients from the local and surrounding areas.
The hospital features the latest technology and imaging, 40 all-private rooms, and a healing environment on a 30-acre campus. Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling employs more than 350 individuals.
Plans for the existing facility on 50 Sterling Avenue are being discussed by Saint Joseph Health System’s executive team.
To learn more about the new Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling, visit www.SaintJosephMountSterling.org.
Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling is a member of Saint Joseph Health System, a 1012-bed, nine-facility health care system that spans central and eastern Kentucky. Saint Joseph Health System is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second-largest Catholic health care system. Visit www.SaintJosephHealthSystem.org for further information.