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      Hospital moves to new home

      A fter 63 years in its previous location, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is now officially settled into its new home.

      T he move has been a work in progress for about a year and a half.

      Most of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital's 240 employees say the hospital's move is bittersweet, but they believe the benefits of the new building outweigh the nostalgia they feel.

      "It's a dream come true to be able, to be working for somewhere for 27 years, and to walk into this building, it's just, this is a dream come true for all of us. We've worked very hard, and I can't wait to start my day," said Ann Taylor, a Registered Nurse in Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room.

      At 8 o'clock Monday morning, the brand new one opened, and patients were moved there. Now, any new patients will be in the new hospital.

      And according to doctors and employees alike, there are plenty of positive attributes the new building has to offer. Overall, they say patient convenience is the biggest plus. The new building is more handicap accessible than the old one, and rooms are more privatized for patients. Staff also say the technology improvements and bigger rooms are very helpful.

      "We have two O.R.s (operating rooms), and one of them is one of the largest O.R.s available in the U.P., and it's for doing those special procedures you need the extra space for, when you're doing some of the orthopedic-type situations," said Cathy Flores, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

      "I'm very proud of our hospital. There's good times, there's bad times, just like any place that you work, but this is where I want to be and I am so proud of our E.R.," said Taylor.

      The hospital is now the newest health care facility in the Upper Peninsula. As for the old hospital, there is a tentative plan in place for demolition.