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CoxHealth and CBRE Healthcare announced the completion of the patient move for the new Cox Medical Center South's West Tower addition.
Thirty years ago CoxHealth, based in in Springfield, Mo., made an impressive move, transporting its Intensive Care Nursery patients from Cox North to the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cox Medical Center South. The new West Tower addition was another monumental move as the tiny lives in the NICU were carefully moved into the new NICU. Over the course of three days, five inpatient units and approximately 75 patients were relocated.
Each baby required a complete team of experts on hand as they were slowly transported through hallways. All children in the pediatrics unit were also relocated to the new West Tower. The new tower will give patients more comfort and privacy, said Beth Rutherford, the hospital's administrative director of nursing.
"The private rooms are a huge deal," Rutherford said of the 343,000-square-foot tower, which has 124 new beds. The $130 million project took just over two years to complete.
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