In Photos: Patients move into new Duke Medicine Pavilion

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 03:33 PM

Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, 86 patients were moved from 30-year-old Duke University Hospital to the new Duke Medicine Pavilion.

The move of equipment and people required practices and trial runs, and the new patients, once settled in, were greeted with views of the historic campus and plenty of natural light.

Herald-Sun photographer Melissa Key took photos Saturday as patient Jimmy Pope was moved into his new room. Pope went through cardiac surgery only 10 days before, to implant a ventricular assist device that will help with heart function and blood flow.

Duke University Hospital, now dubbed Hospital North, had to turn more than 900 patients away last year due to lack of space. The modern pavilion adds 160 critical care beds and 18 operating rooms.

The $560-million project also adds 608,000 square feet to the hospital system and focuses on intensive care patients, to include transplant, cancer, back and spine, brain tumor and heart care.

Have higher ed news you'd like to share? Email Herald-Sun reporter April Dudash at Follow her on Twitter at @AD_HeraldSun.