Forget Carmageddon — Our Patient Traffic Is Moving!

1,200 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Staff Will Move 200 Inpatients into New $636 Million Hospital on Sunday

--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles:

WHAT:

          Traffic on the LA freeways isn’t anything new for Angelinos. But moving 200 young patients into the nation’s most technologically-advanced pediatric hospital—which happens to be in right here in LA—is historic. In the spirit of Carmageddon, however, we’ll tell it like this:
 

For the past four months, more than 1,200 doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have prepared for a different kind of traffic that is much more complex than detouring around the 405 Freeway. On Sunday, every patient currently admitted to the hospital — from the tiniest babies in the Newborn & Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU) to teens in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases — will be carefully moved to their new rooms in our new $636 million pediatric hospital. Though more than 200 patients are set to roll through two main pathways to the new hospital, the transition will take less than eight hours, or an average of one patient moved every 2 ½ minutes. Also moving will be the Emergency Department, which will close its existing location while simultaneously opening its new location in the new hospital, the Marion & John E. Anderson Pavilion.

 
Media are invited to follow and interview patients and staff on Move Day. For the safety of the patients, number of media crews will be limited and must be accompanied by a Media Relations escort at all times.
 

WHEN:

Sunday, July 17

Opportunities for Media Coverage:

4 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Live remote interviews featuring physician and nursing leaders will be available throughout the day on the intricacies associated with moving more than 200 patients in eight hours. Current patients and families will also be available for interviews during the day.
6 a.m. – The new Emergency Department opens for service.
7 a.m. -- NICCU and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit patients will be moved, as well as cardiac, transplant and general surgery patients.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients, Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant, Orthopaedic patients and general medical and surgical patients will continue to be moved throughout the rest of the day.
 

VISUALS & SOUND BITES:

Doctors and nurses carefully rolling groups of patients down the hall, including tiny babies in isolets, delicate patients hooked up to IVs and monitors, parents holding their child’s stuffed animals
Patients entering and reacting to their new private rooms that include brand new amenities including beautiful flooring, bright colors, murals on the ceilings, integrated technology that will allow them to play games, watch movies, and order food, and daybeds for parents to sleep overnight
Description of the complexity of the well-coordinated Move Day logistics from key nurses and managers who planned Move Day
Reaction from nurses and physicians on the activities of the day
Photographs of Move Day will be available to media for those not able to attend
 

WHERE:

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90027

 

INFO:

www.chla.org/pavilion or www.chla.org/news



CONTACT:

Media MUST RSVP to Cover Move Day to
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Marlen Bugarin, 323-636-9309
[email protected]

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals  Baby/Maternity  Children  Parenting  Teens  Consumer  Family

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