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Published on February 19, 2020

Women’s & Children’s Center Opens Feb. 23

Look for a parade of ambulances on Wendover Avenue that morning.

 

Greensboro—Motorists on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro can expect to see ambulances Sunday morning, Feb. 23—lots of them. They will be on the road as part of the opening of the Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital.

The $100 million facility opens at 5:30 a.m. Cone Health Women’s Hospital closes to new patients at that time.

Women's & Children's Center

Women's & Children's Center

After that, patients will be moved 4.5 miles from the old facility to the new. The first ambulance leaves at 7 a.m. Then an ambulance follows every 4 minutes until the last mom, baby and expectant mom has left Women’s Hospital on Green Valley Drive by late Sunday afternoon. 

The move has been planned for months. Hundreds of people put the move plan together, including physicians, nurses, EMS teams and international experts in hospital moves. Ambulances have made test runs and teams even visited hospitals in Canada and Asheville, North Carolina, to see hospital moves firsthand.   

Besides the ambulance traffic, barricades will be the most noticeable sign people will see around Women’s Hospital and some areas of Moses Cone Hospital. “People will still have full and easy access to the emergency department and main entrance off of Church Street at Moses Cone Hospital,” says Karin Henderson executive director, reinventing care, Cone Health. “The barricades we will have at the hospital’s Northwood Street entrance are there to help the flow of traffic into the Women’s & Children’s Center, since there will be so much activity around the hospital related to the move.” 

Patient safety is paramount. Every woman and baby will be assessed by a doctor before getting into an ambulance at Women’s Hospital then reassessed by another doctor at the Women’s & Children’s Center. Both Women’s Hospital and Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center will be closed to visitors during the move. Community members interested in updates on the hospital move can visit the Cone Health Facebook page where Cone Health plans to post regular reports on progress throughout the day. 

Once the last patient leaves, the final pieces of equipment will be brought from Women’s Hospital. Around 5 p.m., a stand marking 24/7 free valet parking will be posted, and the new Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center will open to visitors.