How to transfer 260 patients to a new hospital in three days

Plan involves 24/7 command center, 300 'spotters'

MedCity News last week examined the multi-phase plan that Ohio State University Hospital used to transport 260 patients from the main hospital to its new cancer center.

The new Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute opened on Dec. 15. Michael Caligiuri, director of the center, says the move has been "10 years in the making," and the hospital did not leave anything to chance.

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To execute the quarter-mile move, which they began on Dec. 12, the hospital used 700 staff members and volunteers. The operation was divided into four stages and featured:

  • A command center staffed 24/7 to triage patients and coordinate patient care during the move;
  • A comprehensive moving packet, with updated clinical for every patient;
  • A network of 300 spotters that will monitor patients during the transition;
  • Emergency resuscitation bays positioned along the moving route;
  • Assessment teams to evaluate patients after the move; and
  • Elevator time studies to ensure everything runs on schedule.

"We have carefully planned every step of this transition to maximize safety and minimize disruptions for our patients and their families—both with the physical process and the emotional impact of the move," says Caligiuri (Oran, MedCity News, 12/12).

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