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Ambulances line up outside the new Good Samaritan Hospital for the start of the transfer of patients.

New Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon Opens Doors To Patients

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The new $237-million dollar Good Samaritan Regional Health Center on Veterans Memorial Drive in Mt. Vernon is open.  

The officially opening occurred at seven Sunday morning, when the transfer of the 55 patients in the old hospital began and the new emergency room began receiving new patients.

Marketing Director Victoria Woodrow says 18 ambulances from seven different services were used to make the transfers in a five hour period."The culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of so many. It was a safe successful transfer of all 55 patients. We were able to accomplish in less time than we originally thought.  It was certainly was a success," said Woodrow.  "We are very happy to be able to welcome the new hospital and thank all of those involved, because it was truely a team effort."  

The first patient in the new hospital was a long-time staff member of Good Samaritan.  Terri Overton of Mt. Vernon originally planned to help with the move until having to undergo surgery that put her in the hospital herself.  The first person arrived in the emergency room for treatment just two minutes after the doors opened at seven Sunday morning.  

The first baby was born in the new health center Sunday afternoon.  The mother was one of the patients transferred from the old hospital.

Normal visiting hours at the new hospital of nine am to eight pm will begin Monday.  

The five-story hospital holds 134 beds, eight observation beds, all private rooms and numerous patient safety features. It'll create an estimated 112 new health care jobs and 40 office positions.  The new hospital was first announced in 2009.  It replaces the existing Good Samaritan campus on North 12th Street first opened in 1952.  That campus has been sold to Shores Builders of Centralia.  They will demolish the facility and the land will be returned to green-lots for potential development once the final equipment is removed.  

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