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UConn Health Center undergoes 'monumental' patient move to new building

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The new University Tower at the UConn Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital. (WFSB photo) The new University Tower at the UConn Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital. (WFSB photo)
FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington held what it described as a "monumental moving day" on Friday.

About 70 John Dempsey patients were moved to a new state-of-the-art, 11-floor and 380,000 square foot hospital tower, according to hospital officials.

The new emergency department at the hospital opened at 5 a.m. Arriving ambulances and patients were directed to the new facility after that time.

At 6 a.m., hospital officials said their leadership, doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers began to carefully move each patient from their existing hospital rooms in Connecticut Tower to one of the 169 new rooms in the new University Tower.

The move process involved five floors of inpatients. It started with the Intensive Care Unit and will continue until all of the inpatient floors were moved.

It's expected to take a few hours.

The operation was complete as of noon time, according to a social media post from the health center.

Officials said they're planning a news conference at 1 p.m. to provide an update on the move.

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