(Atlantic) Staff at Cass County Memorial Hospital are preparing for the first stage of their move to the newly completed addition. Friday, June 15th, the Emergency Department (ED), Same Day Surgery Department, and Surgery Department will all relocate into their new quarters on the first floor of the addition. The Inpatient Services located on the second floor are scheduled to move on Friday, June 29th.
“We will be operating out of our old Emergency Department until everything is operational in the new area,” explained Pat Markham, CCMH Administrator. “As soon as we are ready to go in the new ED we will make radio announcements, post it on our website and put up signage for the new ED. Fortunately, the two entrances are very close together, so it should not cause a lot of confusion.”
Patients coming to the new Emergency Department will still utilize the south ambulance drive. The new ED Garage doors will open automatically when a vehicle approaches, and patients can enter from a door inside the garage. Patients may also park outside the ED and enter on foot through the new ED entrance, which is to the right of the temporary ED entrance that has been in use for the past year.
Beginning Monday, June 18th, all scheduled surgery patients will register in the new ED Admissions, just inside the ED entrance, and utilize the new Same Day Surgery Department and operating rooms. “The procedure won’t really be different than what we’ve done in the past, we will just be using our new facilities and equipment, which we expect will be a very positive experience for our patients,” Pat noted.
Any patients or visitors who are unsure about how to access any hospital services during this transition are encouraged to call ahead for clarification, or ask any hospital staff member for assistance.
June 12, 2012