Thankfully, it’s not often that a fit, healthy person gets to see the inside of a hospital Emergency Department.
But that’s just what happened Saturday (January 9), when more than 700 members of the community took up Regina Hospital’s offer of a sneak peek inside its new Emergency Department.
The Life Link III medical helicopter landed in one of the campus parking lots, allowing members of the public to view inside for the duration of the event. Hastings Fire & EMS and Allina Health EMS parked ambulances inside the new, enclosed ambulance garage. Families were able to tour the rigs and watch demonstrations on a simulation mannequin.
A fun scavenger hunt and Whac-a-Bug game added appeal for families. A brief program featured comments from Hastings mayor Paul Hicks, Regina Hospital president Tom Thompson, Emergency Department medical director Dr. Rudi Alvey and Regina Hospital board of trustees representative Martha Sullivan.
Emergency Department registered nurses then cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The Community Open House on Saturday followed several other events held earlier in the week for employees and volunteers, EMS, public safety and fire service personnel, and Regina Foundation donors.
Altogether, more than 1,200 people got a chance to view the new building prior to its official opening to patients, anticipated in February. "The Community Open House was a celebration for Regina and a celebration for Hastings," said Regina Hospital president Tom Thompson. "People got to see a new Emergency Department that is absolutely state-of-the-art."