Helping Hands Needed for New Hospital


Arkansas City - South Central Kansas Medical Center will move to their new replacement hospital next week. Hospital leadership has received several offers from civic organizations and individuals within the community to assist staff with that process.

"Moving an entire facility is extremely complex, requiring a tremendous amount of pre-planning and organization from all those involved," said Steve Perkins, SCKMC's CEO.

The hospital's department managers have met each Monday for the past several months to discuss, review, and fine-tune exactly how the move will occur.

"The diligence of all of our team leaders has been commendable. Moving a 23 department, three-story building is not an easy task," said Vance Williams, SCKMC's Chief Operations Officer.

While most of the actual moving will be conducted by hospital staff, professional movers, or equipment vendors, there are still plenty of opportunities available for the community to be involved.

"We have a lot to accomplish in a relatively short time frame. With community volunteers assisting in the non-patient care areas we are able to allow staff to focus on their own departments," said Jane Campbell, SCKMC's Risk Manager.

Volunteers are currently needed to assist with the following duties:

Thursday, March 10th - 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Traffic control: guide guests to appropriate parking areas and front entrance
Tour assistance: assist in keeping guests with their group during facility tours
Friday, March 12th - 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Traffic control: guide guests to appropriate parking areas and front entrance
Tour assistance: assist in keeping guests with their group during facility tours
Monday, March 14th - 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Area sanitization: properly disinfect all areas of the facility
Room preparation: hang privacy and shower curtains in patient care areas
Tuesday, March 15th - 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Area sanitization: properly disinfect all areas of the facility
Room preparation: hang privacy and shower curtains in patient care areas
Wednesday, March 16th - 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Equipment sanitization: properly disinfect all items as they enter the facility
Call assistance: assist with answering phones for the Purchasing department
Thursday, March 17th - 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. - New Hospital
Equipment sanitization: properly disinfect all items as they enter the facility
Call assistance: assist with answering phones for the Purchasing department

Anyone interested in volunteering must contact Campbell at (620) 441-5997 no later than the day before they wish to volunteer. Volunteers must sign confidentiality agreements, and be properly trained for their assigned task prior to the move dates. All volunteers must register in the front lobby of the new hospital and receive a badge the day of the move.

"We are thrilled to share these opening activities with our community. This is a great opportunity for the people of Cowley County to connect with their hospital," Perkins said.

Photo: SCKMC CEO, Steve Perkins, meets with hospital department managers to discuss next week's move to the new hospital.