MAKING THE CUT: McIntyre, center, with two MGH
cardiac nurses who cared for her, Leann Otis, RN, left,
and Jean Murray, RN
THE LUNDER BUILDING has bustled with movement for a long time, but the current activity is not related to construction or moving – it’s the everyday operations of patient care. With the successful move of the Neurosciences Units to Lunder 6, 7 and 8 and Radiation Oncology to Lunder Lower Level 3, all floors of the MGH’s newest facility are occupied and operating. The transition of equipment, staff and patients into the Lunder began in early July and was guided in carefully planned stages by the Lunder Building Go-Live team, a group of representatives from each of the services located in the Lunder.
“The move-in process was really something to see,” says Ed Raeke, co-chair of the Go-Live team and director of Materials Management. “The teamwork involved to pull this off was phenomenal. In addition to our team, groups like Environmental Services,
Telecommunications, Nutrition and Food Services, Planning, and Materials Management – among many others – really went above and beyond to ensure physicians, nurses and others were well-prepared to care for their first patients in the Lunder.”
Adds Andrea Paciello, team co-chair and executive director of Radiation Oncology: “Thanks to the brainpower and energy of hundreds of hardworking MGHers, the hospital made a smooth and efficient transition into our beautiful new facility. Every single person involved worked tirelessly with the same goal in mind – to create a space that enables the best possible patient experience.”
Radiation Oncology celebrated its move with a Sept. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony and marked a milestone Sept. 14 with the treatment of its first Lunder patient. In order to ensure continuity of care for patients already under treatment, additional treatment machines will be moved from the Cox Building to Lunder between now and December.
“Most of our patients receive daily treatments for four to eight weeks, so our move could not be done in a single day without serious disruption to patient care,” says Paciello. “The department started planning for the transition more than three years ago and our staff members have done an outstanding job of making that plan a reality.”
Neurosciences moved its patients into the Lunder Building Sept. 13 and 14. Staff are particularly excited about the new imaging suite located within the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, which opened Sept. 12. The co-location of this equipment with critically ill patients will decrease the risks associated with transporting them to different locations.
“The move from White 12 to Lunder 7 went very smoothly,” says Suzanne Algeri, RN, nursing director of the floor. “Everyone who participated in the move did a wonderful job ensuring the well-being and safety of our patients during the transition. We could not imagine a better experience for all involved. Our patients continue to tell us how much they love the new unit and how much they enjoy the calm and peacefulness of the Lunder environment.”