“It’s moving day! It’s moving day!” This is a quote from one of my favorite cartoon movies: Mrs. Brisby and The Rats of NIHM. I loved this movie so much and have actually named 2 of my dogs after two of the characters: Brisby and Justin (The leader of the Rats). If you haven’t seen it and love a good cartoon for all ages, check it out!
This is how I felt over the last week. It’s moving day or (week as the case actually was.) I love our Whitney family and they all pitched in to make this happen. I must say it went better than we could have hoped. Things went fairly smoothly when you take into account that we were not only moving a hospital, but also moving for the first time in 29 years! If you have ever moved, then you know what I mean! The longer you lived somewhere, the harder it is to pack and move. That said, the Whitney team handled it like pros, and with laughter and skill, we are settled in at the new location: 2627 N Knoxville Ave.
I thought I’d share a few highlights of the move. This will also give you a very small sneak peak at our new home. I sure hope you will love it as much as we do!
This last week started with a bang! Dr Roe held down the fort while I and several staff members and their awesome husbands began installing essentials not done by the contractor. Tables, runs, cages and computer stations all needed to be in in time and set up, to be ready by Monday. Le Hayes (my Mom) and Adam B. (Jill B.’s husband), Dr Mike and a few friends installed the run system. This was a difficult task as the floors are concrete and the runs are stainless steal. Cages in the ICU were placed by Le and myself, and then the cages in the general population were set as well as in Isolation.
Next up and happening at the same time, the BIG packing job. I must say, the whole team deserves a nod of gratitude. This was a HUGE project and they handled it like pros!
By Wednesday, we began moving things over. The techs packed and unpacked all of the essentials needed to help make patients well: Fluids, Surgery equipment, Medications, Pharmacy… all a daunting task, but handled smoothly by the best technical staff in Illinois! At least I think so! Check out these pictures of them in action!
Suddenly Thursday was upon us and Moving day had arrived! Fortunately we had help with the big stuff! The old facility was emptied and the new one filled. It took all day from 8 am to 8 pm, but it got done! Now we had to put that stuff away too! Plus we were still finishing projects such as adding shelving and sprucing up the place! We wanted everything to be top notch and ready to go on Monday!
The whole team was in on the action! Barb K and Aly had to plan the reception and office areas! Here they are deciding if items were really needed and if so where!
Everyone was ready and we had some fun and some frustration, but it has all come together in the end. Several staff members have a real talent for decoration. Jill C made some lovely works of art from pictures of staff pets and Sheryl, Jill B and company used them to decorate beautifully. Tami, has a real knack for this too and made the reception area beautiful with small touches of love. I can’t wait for you to see it! Here is a sneak peak!
Last but not least is the painting I commissioned especially for our new home:
I hope you will all stop in to see us soon! We hope you love our new home as much as we do! In the meanwhile, welcome our Monday furry friends!:
See you soon and stay tuned for a special hospital tour coming soon!