UPDATE: Trios Southridge Hospital is up and running. A total of 28 ICU and medical/surgical patients were transferred from the Auburn Street hospital via private ambulance, with the first one arriving at Trios Southridge a little after 7 a.m.
By 11:47 a.m., all 28 were at the new facility.
The new emergency department at Trios Southridge saw its first walk-in patient a little before 7 a.m. Carla Martin, 61, of Kennewick, eventually was admitted -- the first patient admitted to the new hospital through the ER. She told the Herald she was receiving excellent care. If the new hospital continues to provide that level of care it will have a "very long run," she said.
PREVIOUS POST: The emergency room at the Trios hospital on South Auburn Street will shut down this morning as the new -- and bigger -- emergency department at Trios Southridge Hospital opens its doors.
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The switch will happen at 7 a.m., part of a busy debut day for the new Kennewick hospital, which welcomes its first patients today after years of work to bring a new hospital to fruition.
Local EMS providers have been notified of the emergency department's relocation to Southridge, and Trios officials have done their best to get the word out to the public through an information campaign, said Lisa Teske, Trios spokeswoman.
The new four-level, 168,000-square-foot Trios Southridge Hospital is at 3810 Plaza Way.
It will be the Trios system's main hospital, with in-patient services from the emergency department to surgery and intensive care.
Trios staffers have been planning and training for the move to Southridge, "involving local emergency management systems and consultants highly experienced in hospital moves to ensure the safe transfer of all patients staying in the intensive care and medical-surgical units," said a Trios news release.
A temporary suspension of elective surgeries was put in place over the weekend to reduce the number of patients to prepare.
Trios expects to transfer about 20 patients from Auburn to Southridge by ambulance today. "Three dedicated ambulances staffed with medics and some with critical care specialists will be on site to facilitate the patient moves. The transfers are expected to be completed by early afternoon," the release said.
Trios Southridge Hospital has 74 private patient rooms, including 14 in intensive care. The emergency department has 27 treatment rooms.
Trios also is building a seven-level, 160,000-square-foot outpatient facility at the Southridge site. It's under construction and is to expected to open next year.
The original Auburn Street hospital, which opened in 1952, isn't being shuttered.
It's becoming a 37-bed women's and children's hospital, with services including a birthing center, special care nursery and pediatrics.
The emergency department at Auburn Street is turning into an urgent care center with primary care and walk-in services. It reopens as Trios Urgent Care Center-Auburn at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
-- Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; email@example.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald