DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The new Parkland Memorial Hospital is ready for patients! The hospital opened its doors at 6 a.m. Thursday.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
In addition to facilities being up and running, there’s a lot going on as patients, doctors, nurses and staff begin the big move.
Whether it’s a walk-in patient, or someone arriving in an ambulance – hospital staff is no longer taking them in at the old Parkland. New patients are being directed across Harry Hines Boulevard, to the new facility.
Dallas County’s public hospital is a new 2.1 million-square-foot structure, with 862 single-patient rooms.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
At 6 a.m. Thursday, the trauma and emergency departments, as well as labor and delivery services were open for business.
At 7 a.m. hospital staff will start the process of moving more than 600 already admitted patients over to the new Parkland. Hospital trauma medical director Dr. Alexander Eastman said, “And that will continue over the course of the next three days, until we’re done sometime Saturday afternoon.”
A sky bridge links the two facilities and that’s how patients will be moved from the old building to the new. Visitors won’t be able to see the new hospital until Sunday, after all the patients from the old hospital have been moved.
Of course, Parkland Hospital is where President John F. Kennedy was taken after he was shot and later died on November 22, 1963.MORE NEWS: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
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