A New Era Begins

King's Daughters' Health to move
into new hilltop hospital on Feb. 23

Trilogy to convert old hospital
into senior living facility

By Don Ward

2013 February Edition Cover

2013 February
Edition Cover

(February 2013) – With the planned Feb. 23 opening of its new $100 million, 86-bed hospital on the Madison, Ind., hilltop, King’s Daughters’ Health will enter a new era in its storied 114-year history. Construction began immediately after the November 2010 groundbreaking ceremony and most work was completed in early January 2013. Now comes the challenge of moving 30-40 patients, staff, equipment, offices, computer and telephone systems from downtown to the hilltop without missing a beat of providing health care to its customers.
To do the job, the hospital contracted with an outside consultant that specializes in such moves, and the work actually began more than a year ago, according to Dave Ommen, KDH’s Public Information Specialist. He said the move actually began in mid-January with the installation of technology and phones and some early on-site training of staff members. Much of the medical materials and information technology is already in place at the new facility.
“The project could not have gone better. Everything has been ahead of schedule and under budget,” said KDH’s CEO Roger Allman. “It is not only a complex construction project but also a complex relocation project. But we have had help from a consultant and have been planning this move for more than a year.”
In all, the planning and construction has taken five years, the last two in actual construction. “It’s an exciting time,” Allman continued. “The new hospital is a major statement from this organization to provide the very best health care possible for this community.”


Panorama photo by Don Ward

Construction is nearly complete on
the new $100 million King’s
Daughters’ Health hospital, located
on Hwy. 62 on the Madison, Ind.,
hilltop. Some departments already
have been moved there, with the
rest, including patients, scheduled
to move there in late February.
Opening day is set for Feb. 23.

Allman had planned to retire upon reaching his 20th year as CEO at KDH on Jan. 4, but he agreed to stay on through June to oversee the transition. He turns 60 in March. A search committee is already working to collect applicants and hire his replacement, he said.
Meantime, in conjunction with the planned opening, KDH held a joint news conference Jan. 25 with Trilogy Health Services of Louisville, Ky., to announce that the latter company has bought the old hospital buildings downtown, except for the Medical Office Building, which KDH will continue to operate and offer physician services there. For the purchase price of $1, Trilogy plans to take over the old hospital structures April 1 and immediately begin renovating the buildings in preparation for opening assisted living and long-term care facilities in Madison. Trilogy owns and operates Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover and this new venture will bring to 11 the number of Trilogy-owned campuses throughout southern Indiana and 75 total in the Midwest (see related story, Page 19).

KDH Owned buildings graphic

Graphic provided

This map shows the buildings King’s
Daughters’ Health plans to retain in
downtown Madison and which ones
it has sold to Trilogy Health Services,
which plans to convert them into
a senior living campus.

“It’s a huge win-win for everyone,” Ommen said of the Trilogy sale, which has been evolving over the past eight months. “It not only adds health care services to the region, it adds jobs to the region and makes this facility maintained and utilized in the community for years to come, so it’s positive all the way around.”
In addition to moving the KDH hospital to the hilltop, the staff faces another challenge in educating the public and its customers on how to find their physicians, hospital services, emergency room and other amenities, Ommen said. He has been busy for the past few months creating directories of physicians, hospital maps and other helpful literature to be disseminated to the public as the transition takes place and for many months thereafter. Much of the information has already been posted to the company website, and the quarterly newsletter was distributed in late January to county residents that is filled with similar information about the move and impending hospital opening.

Moving Plans

• Friday, Feb. 15: Open house for physicians and clinicians
• Saturday, Feb. 16: Open house for KDH employees and their families
• Sunday, Feb. 17: Community Open House, 1-4 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
• Saturday, Feb. 23: All patients to be moved
• March 2-3: Physician offices to be moved
• Information: (812) 265-5211 or visit: www.kdhmadison.org

KDH plans to move its patients to the hilltop facility in a half day, beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Sixteen ambulances will be used for the move, including KDH vehicles and several contracted from five other healthcare companies in the region.
“If all goes smoothly, we will begin the process in the morning and finish by early afternoon,” Ommen said. “Our patients will be fed breakfast downtown that day, then have lunch and dinner in the new hospital on the hilltop. Both facilities will be open for a period of time that day, and we will have physicians working at both locations.”
The emergency rooms at each location will be open simultaneously that day to ensure service to those who come during the move.
The physician offices will be moved the following weekend, on March 2-3. In all about 850 full-time and part-time employees and pool employees will move to the hilltop. About 150 employees will remain downtown at the current 50,000-square-foot Physicians Building, to be renamed the Downtown Medical Building. Several other departments also will remain downtown in existing buildings. This includes the Materials Warehouse on Milton Street; those who work in the Sleep Lab and Business Office on Fifth Street; the Cancer Center and EMT Ambulance Services on West Street. Community Relations office will move across the street from its present location on West Street into what is now the Human Resources office. KDH will retain ownership of the parking garage and use the bottom two floors but lease the top three floors to Trilogy.

Roger Allman

"The new hospital is a major statement from this organization to provide the very best health care possible for this community."
– KDH CEO Roger Allman

The new hospital will use the 801 telephone prefix but keep the existing numbers otherwise. For instance, a previous number beginning with the prefix 265 will now use 801. The Main Campus telephone number will change to (812) 801-0801.
Prior to the move, KDH is planning a Community Open House from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Visitors will be able to tour the new four-story hospital and see the new patient rooms and other amenities first-hand. These include:
n 86-bed private patient rooms featuring climate controls and quiet comfort, with six rooms designated as Intensive Care Unit rooms
n Nursing “pods” will replace the traditional nursing stations, with each pod servicing six patient rooms, thus ensuring prompt care for patients;
n Guest seating on the third and fourth floors all surrounded by glass and allowing for plenty of light and great views for an inviting atmosphere;
n Improved efficiency in navigation through the building to locate physician and hospital services;
n Upgraded and contemporary medical technology with advance surgical suites, a new MRI machine, 64-slice CT and a pneumatic tube system linking the various areas of the hospital for swift transfer of specimens to and from the laboratory.
“Any time you have a project of this magnitude things are going to come up unexpectedly,” Ommen said. “But overall, the project has been on schedule and remains on schedule to get to Feb. 23. It’s been planned for months on how this transition is going to take place. Although it is a big move, interruption to our patient care will be very minimal.”

Key Dates in
KDH History

1899: Hospital opened Aug. 25 on Broadway Street
1915: KDH moved to its current location
1937: Dr. Thomas and Martha J. Sanderson Addition opened
1957: Dr. Evan C. Totten Wing opened
1971: Fourth Floor added; Druscilla Home Addition
1978: Rinda F. Rains Wing completed
1984: Two floors added to Rinda Rains Wing
1986: Versailles, Ind., Medical Building opened
1992: KDH Rehabilitation Center opened on the Madison hilltop
1994: KDH Cancer Center opened
1996: Madison Internal Medicine joined KDH
1997: Madison Clinic joined KDH
1999: Trimble County, Ky., Medical Building opened
2001: Medical Office Building opened in downtown
Madison adjacent to the hospital
2008: New hospital project approve for hilltop campus
2010: Groundbreaking for the new hilltop campus
2013: New hospital on hilltop campus opens

The new hospital was built on a 96-acre site at 1373 E. Hwy. 62, about one mile east of the intersection of Hwy. 421 and directly across from North Madison Christian Church. It was designed by Artekna of Indianapolis and built by general contractor Wehr Constructors Inc. of Louisville, Ky. KDH plans to build a new cancer center at the hilltop campus by 2014. In association with Norton Cancer Institute, KDH will continue to provide both medical and radiation oncology.
The new hospital is similar to its predecessor in that it houses 86 beds in a four-story building and basement. But while the old hospital was 156,000 square feet, the new one is 212,000 square feet. It offers more privacy to patients and “backstage elevators” to allow the movement of patients, equipment, supplies and meals in non-public areas. Patient rooms will be identical, affording easier training for the nursing staff.
While the top two floors will house the 86 private patient rooms, each with their own window, the surgery and OB/GYN departments will be located on the second floor. Cardiology, the lab and imagery departments will be on the first floor, along with the Emergency Department, Human Resources and Administration/Admitting. Medical offices for its 50 “providers” (physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistant) will be located mostly on the first floor, with some physician offices on the second floor. The new hospital also will feature a cafeteria, named Seasons Café, which will also be open to the public. There will also be seating in the adjacent courtyard for eating outside.
The basement will house the Diabetes and Wound Center, the Conference Center and the Education Department. The new campus features six conference rooms, with Oak 1 and Oak 2 available for larger meetings.

New KDH Location Map

Many community classes and programs will be offered in the Conference Center.
Many hospital staff members already have received training and orientation at the new facility. They say they are impressed with the quality and efficiency of the new hospital and are anxious to move in.
Mike Hanson, 70, KDH Properties Manager for the past 24 years, has been planning and directing the move of staff and equipment for months. Rather than retire five years ago, he stayed on to be a part of the construction and transition to the new hospital.
“It has been a challenge and a pleasure,” said Hanson. “Not everyone gets a chance to build a new hospital in your own community, so it was worth it to me to stay five years past retirement.”
He said the process has gone well and that “everything was done with a patient focus in mind. It is a very aggressive transition that is being broken down by the hour. By April 1, we will have everything moved.”
Allman said he believes the public will “be amazed” at how nice the new hospital is and come to appreciate the benefits of upgraded equipment and easier navigation through a facility that was so designed. “And the natural healing that comes with natural light in the rooms will be a great benefit,” he said. “We will have increased the space for our departments, such as emergency and surgery, which have utilized every square inch of this old building. So the new building is going to really be a wonderful thing.”

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