The distance is short, but the time and effort put into transporting 180 patients from Sutter Memorial Hospital in East Sacramento to the new Sutter Medical Center in Midtown was no easy task.
Planning, training and organizing for the last two years has brought hospital staff to this point. Saturday at midnight move teams started taking patients every six to eight minutes from the old campus and bringing them to the new one.
Each patient had their own ambulance and was accompanied by an entire crew of medical professionals to make sure the relocation went smoothly according to Rick Harrell, Regional Cardiovascular Director.
Wendy and Todd Bradley became first time parents to triplets on July 23rd marking the last birth of triplets at Sutter Memorial. The three little girls were part of the group of patients transferred Saturday, "The move was so seamless for us. We felt like the communication was beyond exceptional. The attention to detail was phenomenal," said new mother Wendy.
Unlike Sutter Memorial, Sutter Medical Center has all clinical services in one location on Capitol Avenue in Midtown, more space in patient's rooms and an updated look.
Sutter Memorial Hospital will be torn down and homes will take its place. Harrell said it's the largest building of homes in East Sacramento in quite a few years.
With the final days nearing for the old medical center, hospital patients and staff took to the walls to write their thank yous and goodbyes.