Langlade Hospital is up and running today, and the first baby has already been delivered.
After a whirlwind of activity over the weekend, the new facility opened on schedule at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, making it a very special Mother’s Day for the staff and planners who have devoted thousands of hours to the project.
“The move went very smoothly,” Betsy Kommers, marketing and fund development director, said. “Lots of time and planning went into it and we were actually ahead of schedule.”
Kommers said that while there are a few new protocols for staff to master, the transition from the old to new hospital has been seamless for patients.
“We are offering the same compassionate care as we always have,” she said.
Kommers added that the first baby was delivered early today in the new maternity ward, and another is expected shortly.
Among those working overtime have been the hospital volunteers, who are putting on extra miles escorting patients and visitors from the hospital’s temporary main entrance in the Aspirus General Clinic. They are also guiding people to their appointments in the various outpatient areas of the new hospital.
The hospital’s walk-in clinic is now known as Urgent Care. It is reached through a separate entrance on the east side of the facility.
The opening does not mean an end to construction. Work will now shift to demolition of the old hospital and then the permanent new entrance and canopy will be added