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Atrium Medical Center Opens Sunday, December 9, 2007

Emergency Trauma Center Opens at 6 a.m.

Middletown, Ohio, Thursday, November 29, 2007 – Atrium Medical Center will open for patients on Sunday, December 9. At 6 a.m., the emergency trauma center will begin treating walk-in and ambulance patients. Surgery, laboratory, imaging and other support departments also open at 6 a.m. The transfer of inpatients from Middletown Regional Hospital to Atrium will begin in the morning and continue through mid-afternoon. Once the inpatient move is complete on December 9, Middletown Regional Hospital officially will close its doors as a full-service hospital.
Atrium Medical Center is located one-quarter mile east of I-75 near the State Route 122 and Union Road intersection on Premier Health Campus – Middletown. With five patient floors, the state-of-the-art medical center has 250 beds in all-private patient rooms. The expanded emergency trauma center is designed to accommodate 80,000 emergency visits per year. Atrium not only replaces Middletown Regional Hospital but also offers expanded capabilities in cancer care, heart services and more.

“We look forward to welcoming patients to new Atrium Medical Center on December 9,” said Douglas W. McNeill, FACHE, Atrium Medical Center president and CEO. “This milestone marks the beginning of the next era of health care in southwest Ohio, built on our 90-year legacy of distinguished service to the residents of this region.”

The 12-day hospital move began on November 28 and concludes on December 9. Hospital staff have worked closely with Health Care Relocations, a company that specializes in hospital moves, to ensure a smooth, efficient transfer of operations. All hospital employees, physicians and volunteers have undergone extensive orientations at Atrium so that they are well prepared to provide the highest level of care when the first patients arrive.

EMS squads that serve Atrium are providing one or more transport vehicles for the move, totaling 35 vehicles. This will enable all EMS squads to remain fully staffed so that emergency runs can continue without interruption in their home communities. In addition, two mobile intensive care units from CareFlight Air and Mobile will assist. The patient transfer process is physician directed. For example, a patient in critical care might be transported in a mobile intensive care unit with a physician, nurse and EMS staff attending, while an ambulatory patient may move in an ambulance or wheelchair van with EMS staff attending.

Although all inpatient services will end at the McKnight Campus after the last patient leaves on December 9, the Maternal Child Health Center and Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Services will remain until their buildings on Premier Health Campus – Middletown are complete. All services will leave the McKnight Campus in 2008. Current plans call for buildings to be razed and for the site to be redeveloped into upscale “lifestyle” homes in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood.