Join Us for the Whitney’s Howliday Open House

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I hope November is treating you well. It’s hard to believe it is here already and we are heading quickly towards the Holidays!

It is also hard to believe we have been in our new home for just over 4 months. Time has really flown by! Since we haven’t officially had an open house and folks are asking for a tour, we thought it would be fun to invite you to a Howliday Open House! A few of the details follow!

  • Saturday November 21st, 2015
  • Noon to 2pm
  • Pictures of your pets with Santa!
  • Special pet friendly treats
  • Special people friendly treats
  • Raffle drawing for prizes
  • Tour our brand new facility and visit with our staff

Puppy and kittenWe hope you will join us at 2627 N Knoxville (our new location)!  If you have any questions, be sure to call us at 309-685-4707!  We will be happy to help!

See you soon,

Dr Nancy

We are open and fully ready to serve you and your pets!

Hi All!

Well it has been a wild couple of weeks, but we have officially moved and are up and running at full speed in our wonderful new home.  In case you missed the address it is now 2627 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61604.

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful staff and their families and friends who came together to accomplish a seemingly impossible task:  THE BIG MOVE! I must admit, there were a few times when I had my doubts that we would be ready on Monday June 22nd, but we were!

I also want to thank all of our many Whitney clients and pets for their patience while we get settled.  Things have been pretty smooth, but as expected we have a had a few glitches.  That said, after a week in our new home, the kinks are getting worked out and we are beginning to feel at home!

Last week I showed you our new waiting areas and exam rooms, so today I want to share our behind the scenes look at our new hospital.  Check out this gallery to see us in action!

 

We have heard form many people who love our new place.  What do you think? I think we will be happy for many years here!

Dr Nancy

It’s Moving Day! Welcome to Our New Home!

“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!

Barb and Aly

What do you think? Front, Office or garbage?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Art2 Art1 CatWait2 CatWait1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least is the painting I commissioned especially for our new home:

Specia lArt

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!:

We Can't wait to Serve you!

We Can’t wait to Serve you!

See you soon and stay tuned for a special hospital tour coming soon!

Dr Nancy

 

 

 

 

We’ll be Moving in Mid June!

Reception view from the Front door.

Reception view from the Front door.

Construction is in full swing.  It won’t be long before we’ll be landscaping and ready to go. Here are the latest pictures of our progress.

 

 

 

The surgery and treatment room are coming together at last.  We have designed this area of the hospital to be open so we can see everyone and all patients from pretty much anywhere in the room.

When designing this area, I wanted to be certain that all of the staff could see what was happening. I also want there to be lots of light. This surgery suite will be home to all of our surgical instruments and monitoring equipment. We will also have our arthroscopic equipment nearby for our use in orthopedic surgeries of the joints.

Feline treatment is also coming together.  The counter tops still need to be installed, but it is looking really good! Our kitty condos will be moved in soon.  They allow the cats to move from one cage to the next for more space.

Feline treatment

 

 

 

 

 

As far as the decorating goes,  I have been having some fun creating a quilt for the feline waiting area. Cat quilt for feline waitingI wanted some fun bold colors and found this cute print fabric at Prairie Point Quilt Shop here in Peoria.  I can’t wait to show you the finished project!  One of my very artistic staff and her son are creating some really neat art pictures of some of the staff’s pets.

 

 

 

 

I’ll have more to show you very soon! Hope you are all as excited as we are!

Dr Nancy

 

Top 5 reasons we are moving: Check it out!

Hi all,

I thought I’d bring you the weekly new hospital update with a quick list of the reasons we decided to move:

Number 5:  We wanted more natural light.  We all know how much better we feel when we get a little sunshine.  Now everyone will be able to see out!

Number 4: We needed more space for Dr Mike Manthey to join us.  We joked around that his office would have to be in the kennel.  Somehow that just didn’t seem right.  :)!

Number 3:  We needed more exam rooms to be able to allow for more openings in the schedule and to reduce waiting time.  Your time is valuable and we recognize that!

Number 2: We needed to be able to provide more convenient hours for our feline friends. Once we move, our purring partners will be able to schedule appointments through out the day and still be in their own cat only areas!

Number 1: To continue to fulfill our mission:

Our Mission … To provide unmatched veterinary healthcare experiences … every day.
Our Vision … We are commited to being your most trusted & compassionate pet care partner.
Our Core Values … *Compassion *Integrity *Dedication *Human-Animal Bond *Education

Would you like to see the newest photos?  Below is a gallery of the cabinets as they are going in.  Featured are the reception area, an exam room, the laboratory and pharmacy, and the feline treatment area.  All are still under construction, but here is a sneak peek!

Well I think that brings you up to date! I hope everyone is getting excited!  I know I am!

Dr Nancy