Friday, September 9, 2011

A successful transition

Excitement heralds arrival of Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion's first patient

NEW BEGINNING: Acevedo arriving on Lunder 10

A FEW MINUTES shy of 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, word was given to begin moving the first group of patients from Ellison 14 to the new W. Gerald Austen, MD Inpatient Care Pavilion in the Lunder Building. Leading the way was Nancy Acevedo of East Bridgewater, who had the honor of being the first patient to move into the new building. The trip, ushered by the sound of clapping hands of the Ellison 14 staff who lined the corridor to see Acevedo off, lasted under 10 minutes and was the picture of efficiency.

Escorted by Susan O’Donnell, RN, and Nicolas Ducarmel of MGH Patient Transport Services, Acevedo arrived at the new Cancer Care Center located on Lunder 10, the Emilene J. Brown and Sumner W. Brown Floor of the Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion. After a quick verification of her information, Acevedo – who changed into her own clothes to make the big trip – was resting comfortably in her new room.

“It’s really nice,” Acevedo said. “It’s like something from the future.”

The Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion comprises the top five inpatient care floors in the Lunder Building. Floors 9 and 10 are for medical oncology patients and floors 6, 7 and 8 are for neurology and neurosurgery patients. The Austen Pavilion features 150 large single rooms with ample space for not only the patient and caregivers, but also for the patient’s family and friends. Each room, which features large windows with beautiful views, is not only equipped with the latest technology but also has the capacity to adapt to and include medical advances developed well into the future.

The entire move of patients from Ellison 14 into Lunder 10 was completed within 90 minutes.

“The Austen Inpatient Care Pavilion is a perfect tribute to an MGH giant who has poured so much of his heart and soul into building and shaping the MGH,” says Peter L. Slavin MD, MGH president. “More than anyone, Jerry Austen embodies the spirit of excellence, compassion and innovation that has long defined MGH. We are so fortunate and proud to have the Austen name grace this beautiful center for patients and families.”

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