When a hospital moves into a new building, that's enough of a logistical problem. So Orange Regional Medical Center faced double the trouble last week as it consolidated two campuses at a new facility.
Outliers: Moving day, times two
Outliers went to press before events unfolded, but the plan was for the New York hospital to move and consolidate two campuses into a single new building last week, a $350 million replacement hospital with 383 beds in Middletown.
Officials planned to start around 5:30 a.m. and finish about 12 hours later, with a few ambulances stationed near emergency rooms at the former locations in Middletown and Goshen, says Rob Lee, a hospital spokesman. Plans called for as many as 300 patients to be transferred in waves of 25 to 30 an hour, starting with intensive-care unit and obstetric patients, he said.
Orange Regional employees will staff all three hospitals simultaneously, he said, with three command centers orchestrating operations. Logistical preparations include alternate routes should roads become blocked and Orange County will activate its incident command center, he said.
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