The new Alfond Center for Health in Augusta is set to open their doors for the first time Saturday.
It’s taken almost a decade and more than $300. Saturday the new hospital in Augusta will be open for business.
“This is a very exciting time for us. Nearly ten years in the making. We’ve had a few twists and turns along the way,” said Chuck Hayes, CEO of Maine General Health.
Saturday morning, roughly 150-inpatients from Waterville’s Thayer Campus and the 6 East Chestnut Campus in Augusta will be moved into the new facility.
“People have indicated that they want to watch the move. We ask that people please do not come and watch the move. And the reason for that is our patient safety and privacy is of utmost importance,” said Sherri Woodward, Chief Nursing Executive at Maine General Health.
Hospital administrators warned that additional traffic near the hospitals could delay ambulance crews carrying those patients moving in. They also released other important details about Saturday.
“The emergency department at 6 East Chestnut Street will close tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. and the Emergency Department will open here at the Alfond Center for Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway. the Emergency Department at the Thayer Unit in Waterville will remain open 24-7 as usual.”
Maine General Express care in both augusta and waterville will have extended hours from 6:00 a.m.-5:30 on Saturday.
“Women going into labor after 6:00 a.m. Saturday should report to the Alfond Center for Health where we will have a team ready here at 6:00 a.m.”
We got a first-hand look at what patients will see when they do arrive. 192 patient rooms with amenities unlike any other hospital in the state. Staff tells us it’s all designed for the comfort of the patients and their loved ones, who will be able to stay overnight more comfortably.
For more information on the move in process and how the emergency services will be handled saturday, You can go to their website, maine.general.org, or find them on Facebook.