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Two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery will open to patients at 6 a.m. on September 29. The transition from Norristown’s Montgomery Hospital Medical Center, which will close the same day with patients and staff moving to the new facility, will be complete that day – on time and on budget. The $350 million hospital at 559 West Germantown Pike in East Norriton will be fully operational from the moment it opens, after months of staff training and intense preparation. “This is a momentous event in our 146-year history and I’m grateful to everyone who brought our strategic vision to life in this spectacular way,” said Barry R. Freedman, President and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network. “The hospital represents modern medicine at its best, combining cutting-edge technology with a patient-first philosophy.”The 146-bed facility harnesses every possible element of healing, from the natural light that permeates the soaring five-story atrium and shines through wall-to-wall windows in patient rooms, to the serene vista of the Norristown Farm Park across the road, to wall art that was meticulously selected for its calming influence.Chief Operating Officer Beth Duffy oversaw the completion of more than 100,000 tasks in creating the hospital, from synchronizing the 154 computer systems to picking the floor wax to ensuring that every accommodation is made for patients and their families. All the patient rooms are private. Families can come and go as they please with unlimited visiting hours; they can dine with the patient from room-service menus, sleep over on convertible couches, and park for free. “We’re delighted to bring this combination of comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to our neighbors,” Duffy said, noting that 60 percent of central Montgomery County residents went out-of-county for their medical care. “The advanced healthcare they need is now right here.”Einstein Montgomery will bring new medical services to the area, including an 8-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit and minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery. The facility has 96 medical and surgical beds, a 22-bed critical care unit and a 20-bed obstetrical care unit with 6 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms. It employs a staff of nearly 1,000 employees and sits on 87 acres, a third of which will remain preserved as open space. After more than 125 years of service to the community, Montgomery Hospital Medical Center will close but not be torn down. Other uses for the facility are being investigated. SEPTA instituted a bus route from Norristown to the new hospital to accommodate patients, families and employees.Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is the first new hospital to be built in southeastern Pennsylvania in a decade. “We’re proud to bring this caliber of healthcare to central Montgomery County, truly establishing Einstein as a regional healthcare network,” Freedman said.