SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) — Salem Regional Medical Center is days away from moving into its brand new patient tower.
Before the big move, it invited community members to come and check it out.
A little indoor site seeing on a snowy Saturday morning. Salem Regional Medical Center invited community members to come tour the hospital’s new 87 private room patient tower.
“The tower is over 169,00 square feet. We have three patient floors, all private rooms,” said Anita Hackstedde, president and chief executive officer for the Salem Regional Medical Center.
Until now the hospital had semi private rooms. One guest likes the bigger more inclusive set up.
“That you can have it private for yourself in your family,” said Homer Smith, of New Waterford.
Dressed in blue shirts, hospital staff walked people around the hallways, highlighted features in the intensive care unit and step down cardiac care rooms.
“We’re going to have our heart monitors in here,” said Hackstedde.
“This is our hospital we we would have to go somewhere and we’ve been here before and it’s just really awesome,” said Smith.
Planning for the new tower started years ago— ground was broken 18 months ago.
“We’ll be relocating all of our patients from our current hospital to the new hospital on Feb.4. All our intensive care, acute care and surgical patients will move over,” said Hackstedde
The new tower is the hospital’s biggest expansion project in its 100 year history. Community members say having a facility like this is good for Salem.
“I think everything is a big step forward,” said Smith.
The hospital says it appreciates the community’s support— especially those who came despite the snow.
Guests were encouraged to snap a picture in the photo booth — which will be made into a mosaic in the tower.
The hospital dedicates the tower Sunday and will bury a time capsule.