UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
TEMPLE -- Nineteen patients are at the Children's Hospital at Scott and White in Temple tonight.
All were transferred from Memorial Hospital this morning.
For many employees, this moment could not have come sooner.
"This is a dream that has been in the making for 2 years now, and really a dream for many of the staff for years beyond that," Director of Critical Care Services, Audrey Hubbard said.
The facility is the newest and only stand-alone children's hospital between Dallas and Austin.
They provide care for 32 counties in Central Texas.
"Everyone is who is there is specialized in care of children and that will just make a difference in the day to day and the overall medical care, in the nursing care that's provided, everyone really is focused on what a child needs… we have a much, much tighter security system at the children's hospital," Hubbard said.
For first transfer patient Sara Adams' father, Eddie Adams, it's the security and the staff that make the difference.
"I like it a lot, I like the security I mean it's great you know, the staff is awesome, you know they're like the 'A' team," Eddie Adams said.
There are 64 beds including 48 private rooms and 16 pediatric intensive care unit rooms, and the Children's Hospital is already taking walk-in patients.
"We already have patients in our emergency department, and there's a lot of smiles on their faces," John L. Boyd, III, MD, CEO, CMO for Scott and White said.
As for future plans for the now vacant 4th floor area of Memorial Hospital...
"There are plans to incorporate that into the general hospital, memorial runs out of beds not too infrequently, especially during the winter season, so that'll probably turn into some adult medical surgical beds," Dr. Boyd said.