Cumberland Times-News


November 20, 2009

WMHS making move to new center


A fleet of 30 ambulances will be transporting patients via predetermined routes, selected based on their safety, that will be heavily monitored by local law enforcement and state troopers. Special neonatal ambulances will transport newborns.

To ensure the safety of all patients during the move, student volunteers from Allegany College of Maryland will serve as sitters. Students majoring in the health care field will stay with patients until they are scheduled to move to the new hospital and will join them at the new facility while they get acclimated.

Transition experience

A transition as unique and complex as this could not be done without the help of Lesley & Associates, a company based out of Houston that specializes in corporate relocation.

The details started two years ago with a review of each of the hospital’s departments to come up with an overall strategy.

Since that time, Lesley & Associates employees have been meeting regularly with hospital personnel to refine that strategy. The company will continue to work closely with WMHS personnel to monitor the day’s activities.

“The cooperation from everyone at (WMHS) has been incredible,” said Patsy Lesley of Lesley & Associates.

Working in the health care business for the past 12 years, Lesley has been involved with a number of hospital relocations.

“The technology at (Western Maryland Regional Medical Center) is by far the best we’ve ever seen,” said Lesley. “And it’s not just the technology, it’s the design, the aesthetics — the hospital has a calming influence and I just think it’s beautiful.”

“The excitement of being able to give comprehensive care to the people that we know and love and consider family throughout this community is hard to put into words,” said Wilson. “There no longer is the question of where you need to go to receive all your health care needs — you don’t have to go anywhere else, it’s here, right here in Cumberland, and this is where you want to come.”

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