Trios Health pushes opening of Southridge hospital to July

Tri-City HeraldMay 14, 2014 

Trios Health has delayed plans to open its new 168,000-square-foot hospital in the Southridge area of Kennewick until mid-July.

The primary factor is a delay in state approval of the facility’s elevators that threw off the move-in and training schedules, officials said. The hospital was set to open in early June.

The pushed back opening “will give us adequate time to get the facility fully equipped and to complete all orientation, work flow and emergency code training for our staff, volunteers and providers,” Glen Marshall, Trios chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Ultimately, what’s important is that all details are covered and that we are 100 percent ready to provide the best services and quality care possible for our patients and community on opening day.”

Trios officials hadn’t officially announced an opening date for the new hospital, called Trios Southridge Hospital, but were aiming for the first week of June. The new date is July 15.

A public open house at Trios Southridge Hospital still is planned from noon to 6 p.m. May 31.

The elevator issue was related to “engineering and code interpretation differences” that prompted “some re-work and additional inspections that can be challenging to schedule,” said Trios spokeswoman Lisa Teske.

The state Department of Labor & Industries approved one elevator late last week and three more this week. The remaining four elevators are expected to be available to use next week, Trios said.

The new hospital has 74 private patient rooms, plus another 27 emergency and trauma service rooms and six operating rooms. Other features range from a multi faith chapel to a restaurant.

Trios Southridge will be the health system’s main hospital, with in-patient services from the emergency department to intensive care.

The other Trios hospital, on South Auburn Street, is to become a women and children’s hospital, with services such as pediatrics and a birthing center.

Most employees who’ll move to Southridge have completed orientation in the new building. Physicians started orientation this week.

More in-depth training in the new work space is planned in the coming weeks, and drills also will be conducted at the Auburn Street hospital.

“We have to prepare for what it will be like there post-Southridge,” Teske told the Herald. “We can’t rely on old thinking and past behavior, and we have to look at things with fresh eyes.”

As the opening of the new hospital approaches, construction of another facility at the Southridge site — an ambulatory care center and medical office building — continues. The 160,000-square-foot facility is set to finish in 2015. The two buildings will connect.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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