Greene County Medical Center held an open house on Thursday, September 22, and hosted nearly 350 guests in self-guided tours throughout the entire facility.
Entire included back-of-house areas where behind-the scenes work, like purchasing and housekeeping, takes place. Also showcased were the more visible and patient-centered areas like the new clinic pods housing orthopedics, podiatry, women’s health and specialty clinics; new sleep study suites; private pre-/post-op surgery rooms; and private lab draw spaces. The new gym for physical therapy was open, as were all the imaging rooms. UnityPoint Clinic staff was also welcoming guests. Indeed, nearly every nook and cranny was available for visitors to see. Only inpatient care rooms and ER were off limits.
Community Relations Director Carla Offenburger noted, “We designed the open house so visitors could literally take their time seeing both new and renovated spaces. After two and half years of building a 52,000-square-foot expansion and then renovating almost every area of the old hospital, there was really no better way to do it.”
As guests wandered the facility, they were treated to an incredible array of appetizers and desserts prepared by the medical center’s nutritional services staff and Angie’s Tea Garden, a Jefferson tea room. Music was provided by harpist Susan Sinnett from Waterloo.
The self-guided open house was made possible with volunteer staff positioned throughout the facility giving mini-tours in departments, or serving as wayfinding guides for wandering guests.