ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital announced Friday that it will delay its move into its new, $403-million complex until Jan. 9, 2010.
The moving date had been scheduled for Dec. 12. But the hospital has been having some issues integrating new technology, which were identified during the final testing.
Also postponed until January is the opening of Bayfront Baby Place, the maternity ward run by Bayfront Medical Center on the third floor of the new 10-story hospital. Bayfront officials hope to move in several days after the All Children's transition.
Much of the All Children's technology involved in the delay is designed for adults, then customized for children and their physicians. The issues center on some of the specialized features.
They could be addressed in a shorter time-frame. But hospital leaders felt it was best to postpone the move until after the holiday season, minimizing the disruption to families and All Children's employees.
"Bottom line: We want to make sure when we get there we are able to deliver that same level of care that we're known for in that new facility from Day One," hospital spokeswoman Ann Miller said.
She noted that the Dec. 12 moving date was a self-imposed deadline. The new building already has received final approval to operate from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
When moving day arrives, All Children's officials expect it will take six to eight hours to move as many as 200 patients from the old hospital to the new one.
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