Brent Finnegan -- June 21st, 2010
Tuesday, June 22 is the big day Rockingham Memorial Hospital doctors, patients, employees and administrators have been anticipating for years. RMH will be making the transition from the current location on Cantrell and Mason in the city to the new facility on Port Republic Road in the county.
From a statement on the hospital’s website:
Starting at 7 a.m. June 22, RMH will move all inpatients from the 235 Cantrell Avenue hospital to the new hospital at 2010 Health Campus Drive.
RMH officials expect that about 110 patients will be transferred with the help of 22 rescue squads. A nurse will accompany each patient as he or she is moved to the new hospital. The move is expected to take eight to 10 hours.
Hospital officials are advising Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents to avoid Port, Cantrell and Reservoir tomorrow “as much as possible,” as ambulances and trucks will be using those roads heavily to transport patients and supplies. Additionally, Mason Street will be closed between Cantrell and Grace.
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(Disclosure: My fiancee works at RMH)