New Woodstock Hospital Now Open

Picture of Woodstock Hospital
On Sunday November 20, 2011, hospital staff with the help of Health Care Relocations successfully transported approximately 80 patients from the old to the new Woodstock Hospital.

Joe Hartnett, Senior Project Manager at Health Care Relocations, said they began working on planning the move in November of 2009. "We came on board early in the process, assessed what needed to be moved, and worked with the hospital team to develop a move sequence for the physical aspect of the move," Hartnett said. "Seventy-five per cent of the work is in the planning, 25% is the physical move."

Prior to the actual move day, patient health records and nonessential equipment were transported to the new facility. The new hospital was already outfitted with a majority of new equipment.

The new hospital initially opened with 118 beds, and will eventually increase to 178 beds over a number of years. "We're looking forward to greeting our new patients and to a successful rampup over the next few months," said Hospital President Natasa Veljovic. The entire hospital board meets every morning to ensure things run smoothly as they ramp up occupancy rates.

Karen Bartlett, Vice-President of Patient Care, said the move from the old to the new facility was smooth. "It really speaks to the efforts of everyone over the last two-year training period," she said.

Part of the old hospital remains open for current tenants until a professional building is completed in 2012. Hospital officials say the old hospital is currently undergoing an environmental assessment with a demolition planned in the summer of 2012.