May 21, 2012 11:52 PM by Ariel Wesler, KSBY News

Marian Hospital set to open Tuesday

The anticipation has been building for months. The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria will finally open its doors tomorrow. The original move-in day was set for March 27 but had to be pushed back until a state agency could finish inspecting the building.

The emergency room is a key focus of the four story building, but the entire facility has been 15 years in the making.

So much planning and preparation has gone into the transition to make sure everything runs smoothly tomorrow. Workers have been busy stocking supplies and setting
up equipment as they get ready for the big day. The ER will start taking patients at 7 a.m. Tuesday. At 8 a.m., nurses will begin taking on the task of moving
about 100 patients from the old facility. Hospital officials say they've been planning out the
process for months.

"I've had patients call excited because they're going to get to move into the new building. I've also had surgeons call me and say they've had their patients call and reschedule certain procedures because they want to wait and be in the new hospital," said Chuck Cova, CEO of the Marian Regional Medical Center.

The state of the art facility features an expanded emergency room and is more than twice the size of the old hospital. It also features all private patient rooms, 191 beds, and the latest technology.

We'll also be on the lookout tomorrow for the first baby born in the new hospital. Many mothers have been hoping to have their children in the new hospital. In fact, Marian births about 3000 babies a year, more than any other hospital on the Central Coast.

The current hospital has been serving Santa Maria since 19-67. It will continue to house outpatient services and medical offices.


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