UMC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patients to be moved to new Diamond Children’s Medical Center Building June 2

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 4:00am to 6:00am
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Wednesday, June 2, children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at University Medical Center will be moved to the new Diamond Children’s Medical Center building.
Beginning at 4 a.m., the PICU patients will be transferred to Diamond Building 6 North.
This move is the third and final phase to transition all pediatric patients to Diamond Children’s.
“Patients are transferred early in the morning because it is the time with the least amount of hospital activity, enabling us to schedule adequate staff to make the transition happen smoothly and without disruption,” says Lori Throne, RN, BC, MSN, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at UMC. “This process has taken months of careful planning and teamwork by the managers, nursing staff and physicians to ensure a smooth move for our patients to the new building.”
The official opening for Diamond Children’s Medical Center will be in September, when the lobby has been completed. For now, families with children needing hospitalization still will enter through the UMC main lobby.
The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research.  The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010.  Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (