May 22, 2012 11:25 PM by Nikki Ibarra, KSBY News
The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is finally open for business.
The hospital's emergency room started to see patients at 7 am Tuesday morning. And by 2 pm, all 110 patients from the old hospital were transferred to the new one. The 'Patient Move Team' has been planning for the opening for the past two years.
There was extra celebration Tuesday morning, as the hospital's first baby was born. Naydelin, a baby girl, was born at around 10:50 am.
Each patient was moved by a team they dubbed the 'Patient Move Team'.
Fidenzio Brunello was the first patient to be moved from the old hospital to the new one. "And then they tell me, you're the first one that's gonna be walking into the new hospital. So that's going to be really something I'll never forget as long as I live," said Brunello of Santa Barbara.
And it all took about 10 to 15 minutes. "When I walked in here I thought this was was a room for a celebrity. Well I said, well Sister Janet, what are we doing here? And she said, this is your room. My room? Oh, it's beautiful," added Brunello.
His favorite thing about his new room is the view.
We followed one new mom as she made her way to the new building. Her baby was born at 6:45 in the morning, and hollowed her the entire way; into the elevator, thru the hallway, and another hallway they called, 'Main Street'.
A couple minutes later, mom and baby were in their new room.
To get ready for the big move today, a couple of weeks ago, the 'Patient Move Team' held mock movings, with volunteers posing as patients.
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