All the hands were on deck on May 2nd, 2009 as Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh moved to its new location in Lawrenceville. The growing inpatient and outpatient services of Children’s Hospital had been literally overflowing the outdated Oakland building they had occupied for nearly a century. The spacious and technologically sophisticated new campus at Lawrenceville reunited the hospital and outpatient clinics, now 25% larger, with a 300,000 square foot John G. Rangos, Sr. Research Center and administrative and faculty office buildings together on a 10 acre site.
Office and research laboratories had been settling into the new location for months, but on May 2nd, medical operations made the 2-½ mile trip to the new campus. Two hundred seventy-five nurses, physicians and other staff from Children’s Hospital teamed up with more than 40 EMS and STAT MedEvac crews and ambulances to move 152 patients to the new hospital. The planning team spent 2 years attending to details of the hospital's functioning that most employees take for granted. Bar code tracking at 4 locations helped to orient transport teams to the very fast pace of the move. Patients left the hospital every 2-½ minutes, on average, and the last patient arrived at the new campus ahead of schedule, only 6-½ hours after the move began. Fifty-eight critically ill patients, including a neonate on ECMO, were moved without adverse events.