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Heart & Vascular Institute Sequence of Moves Complete February 10, 2009

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Heart & Vascular Institute Sequence of Moves Complete

Feb. 9, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – The Rev. H.L. Deason has lived an inspiring life that includes finishing college in his 40s

“I’m real proud of that,” he said. But last week he was part of history. He was one of the first patients to be moved into University Hospital’s new Heart & Vascular Institute, that only facility of its kind in the region.

“All the nurses are doctors are great; everything has been exceptional. They saved my life,” Rev. Deason said. Having had quadruple bypass surgery only three days prior, more than a half dozen staff members took great care in moving Rev. Deason to his new room. It is a complicated logistical exercise, with patients moving one at a time. Registered nurses Gabriela Ibanescu and Lori Allman traveled down with the Rev. Deason while other nurses back on the unit assumed care of their patients until they also could be transferred.

“This is done unit by unit, piece by piece, carefully tracking each change, said Lynda Jones, the director of cardiovascular and telemetry service at University. "Everything is a checkerboard," she said.

The patient and his family deemed the transfer a success.

“Very smooth,” his fiancée Gina Hartley said. “It was a little tight in his old room. This is very nice – lots of room for the family. It’s important when people are sick to have their family comfortably around then where they don’t feel like they’re in the nurses’ way.”

The move into the new building started the weekend of Jan. 24 with Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. Staff members began the complicated four-day move of hospitalized patients Jan. 25, while new admissions were being handled simultaneously. The sequence of moves was completed Feb. 2 with the heart and vascular interventional suites and non-invasive diagnostics.

University is nearing the end of its $93.6 million renovation and expansion project that began with planning more than five years ago. In addition to the four-story, 188,000-square-foot Heart & Vascular Institute, the project included a new Outpatient Center, new and expanded operating rooms, a Surgery Care Center and a relocated inpatient Laboratory.

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