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Hospital will keep both ERs open Saturday during move

Carrie Alden APNNP  Nurse practitioner cardiac intensive care unit  with Tim Grobart 5 years old Children's Memorial Hospital

Carrie Alden, APNNP, Nurse practitioner, cardiac intensive care unit, with Tim Grobart, 5 years old, at Children's Memorial Hospital waiting for a heart transplant before or after the move to the new Lurie Children's Hospital, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. | John H. White~Chicago Sun-Times.

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Updated: July 9, 2012 6:10AM

Until Children’s Memorial Hospital’s move from Lincoln Park to its new home in Streeterville is completed sometime late Saturday, the hospital’s administrators say emergency rooms at both locations will be open and will accept walk-in patients.

“We’re fully staffed to take care of any type of patient that comes in — even at Children’s Memorial,” said Maureen Mahoney, who’s overseeing the estimated $30 million move to the newly renamed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s new location — 225 E. Chicago Ave.

But Mahoney encouraged parents who want to bring in their sick kids anytime after 6 a.m. Saturday to take them to the new location.

The move Saturday could take till as late as midnight Saturday.

To help lessen congestion during the move, kids arriving by ambulance won’t be sent to either location from Friday morning through Sunday morning. Those patients will be taken to other hospitals.

“We’re doing that specifically because we’re trying to limit the number of critical patients that would be admitted at Children’s Memorial that end up having to be transferred” to the Streeterville location, Mahoney said. “And then, on patient-move day, with all these patients coming over, it just gives us a chance to get settled.”

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