- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 25, 2002

A 59-year-old Alexandria man received a hearty welcome as he arrived in his wheelchair at the new George Washington University Hospital in Northwest, the first of 162 patients to be transferred from the old facility across the street.
Floyd Godfrey, who is being treated for gout, was greeted by cheering, clapping hospital staff members and flashing cameras Friday as three hospital officials wheeled him into the lobby of 900 23rd St. NW.
Mr. Floyd was warmly welcomed by CEO Dan McLean and Dr. Richard Becker as he entered the new facility, where staffers and faculty members wearing scrubs lined the stairway. He was re-admitted by staff members using a makeshift station in the lobby.
Upon arriving on the fourth floor, Mr. Godfrey praised his new room as more spacious and more pleasant, while the medical staffers checked his vital signs.
The 161 other patients were transported via wheelchairs and gurneys through an air-conditioned tent that stretched across the road and connected entrances from 901 to 900 23rd St. Patients on life-support were transported by ambulance. The last patient was transported and re-admitted shortly after midnight.
Some nurses stationed at the loading docks helped move equipment, supplies and machinery into the new facility.
Hospital officials said the old facility will be razed and dormitories will be built for George Washington University.
Hospital spokeswoman Marti Harris said the move went well, adding that more than 200 doctors, nurses and interns, plus another 100 or so volunteers assisted in moving patients.
The hospital began accepting new patients yesterday morning.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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