With the new Golden Plains Community Hospital finally completed and about to open its doors, the hospitalâ€™s CEO took time to reflect on the opening of the new facility.
Dennis Jack said he feels like a proud but exhausted father that has just helped deliver the biggest baby on record.
â€śIf I had the energy I would say I am going on vacation to Disney World, but that sounds like too much walking,â€ť he said. â€śI think I will just work from my desk as soon as I get all the boxes unpacked.â€ť
He said one of the things people who see the new hospital will comment on is how big it looks.
â€śOur current building is more than 30,000 feet bigger, but being on three floors you just donâ€™t notice it,â€ť Jack said. â€śSo another thing they will notice is no elevators!â€ť
He said he hopes patients and the public notice the much bigger rooms, with large bathrooms, all with either a tub or a shower.
â€śWe hope they notice the large OR suites and how much more modern and designed to be as clean as possible,â€ť Jack said. â€śWe hope they notice the new diagnostic equipment, the 64 slice Toshiba CT, and the new X-Ray room and full tilt table. We hope they notice our ER has six rooms, 50 percent more than we do today.â€ť
To get to the new hospital, turn onto Roosevelt Street and turn uphill just west past Frank Phillips College.