Reporting Jessica Kartalija
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s official! The new hospital building at Johns Hopkins is up and running.
Jessica Kartalija explains how the transition into the new hospital is working.
Amanda Gonzalez had been a mom for just three hours when nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital told her it was time to go.
Just two weeks after the official grand opening of the 560-bed facility on April 12, patients were moved into brand new rooms.
“We’re finally done. It’s taken years of planning and training and everyone said it went so well today,” said perinatal nurse manager Joan Diamond.
In Labor and Delivery, nurses underwent more than 20 hours of training to ensure the move went smoothly.
“It was very choreographed,” said Diamond.
Amanda Gonzalez and her new son Cruz are among the first patients in the maternity ward, where there are three operating rooms, 35 obstetrics rooms where mothers spend time before and after giving birth, 10 private labor and delivery rooms and a 16-bed newborn nursery.
Every new OB room has sleeping facilities for overnight guests and interactive televisions where patients can access information about their hospital stay. New mothers are also able to choose their own meals.
“It’s gorgeous,” says Gonzalez. “We actually tried to wait until 9 o’clock to be the first baby delivered in this [new] ward and we actually got to be the last baby delivered in the old wing and the first ones in the new room here. We have the best of both worlds!”
The $1.1 billion facility was funded largely through private donations.