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Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Open House Draws Huge Crowds


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By Kevin O’Rourke

Area residents turned out in large numbers to tour the brand new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital which will officially begin taking patients on October 1. The hospital, which is the first new hospital in Montgomery County in more than 35 years, invited the public to tour its facility on a beautiful Sunday in late September.

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“We wanted to offer the community an opportunity to meet some of the staff, participate in health screenings and get familiar with the first new hospital in the county in more than 35 years, " said Yolanda Gaskins, a spokesperson from Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.

As residents toured the six-story facility, hospital staff members were on hand to answer questions and provide commentary about the various areas services.

Residents were given the ability to inspect some of the hospital’s 93 in-patient private rooms, which are located on the top three-floors of the hospital. The hospital will have very liberal round-the-clock visiting hours, seven days a week. Each of the private rooms will be equipped with a fold-out couch for loved ones wishing to spend the night with patients. The rooms will have private bathrooms, cable television and free wireless Internet access, as well as games available on the television for gamers of all ages.

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Inpatient rehabilitation services will also be offered at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational theory and speech-language pathology.

Indeed the 24-hour visiting hours and the ability for patients to order meals when they want them, rather than conform to the hospital’s service schedule attempts make spending time at Holy Cross Germantown as pleasant an experience as possible.

Most of the first floor of the hospital is devoted to the Emergency Department, and supporting services, with the imaging department and a behavioral health department close at hand. The new full-service emergency room is equipped to handle patients with acute life threatening conditions and will be the only one in the Germantown area. It is expected to care for more than 22,000 people each year, according the hospital.

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