Watertown's hospital has a new centralized place for patients to register for different medical tests.
Samaritan Medical Center says it's much more convenient.
This newly renovated space will be the first stop for patients reporting to the hospital for some of the most utilized testing services.
There's a dedicated entrance just outside the SMC's free parking garage.
The new area brings several of the hospital's outpatient testing services together in one convenient, easy-to-find location.
In the past, patients were traveling to different areas of the hospital depending on what test they were having done.
"Patients coming in for lab work and EKG's would report to one area, while others coming in for radiology or physical therapy would report to other areas, sometimes in completely different buildings. The new registration area will be the first stop for all of these patients, regardless of the test they are having," said SMC spokesperson Krista Kittle.
The relocation will be occurring in phases over the next week:
• On Tuesday, December 4, all registration personnel will be located in the new area and ready to check-in patients for select services, including all x-ray and radiology tests.
• On Monday, December 10, registration for all outpatient services will occur in the new space.
• The last area to move will be the infusion unit, which is scheduled to move in early 2013.
The new registration area is another phase in the hospital's expansion and renovation plans, making way for renovations to begin on other departments such as Physical Therapy, Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services.
In the coming weeks, the two-story link between SMC and Samaritan Keep Nursing Home is expected to open.
Early next year, the new orthopaedic unit will open and feature private rooms for patients recovering from orthopaedic surgeries, such as hip/knee replacements and spine surgery.
The hospital expects this phase of renovations to be complete by mid-2013.
For more information or directions to the new Registration area, please visit samaritanhealth.com or call the hospital's public relations department at 785-4584.