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Spotsy hospital adds 125 workers
The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center doubled its work force this week, adding 125 new employees.
The new workers joined the administrative staff that had already been hired and puts the new hospital about two-thirds of the way toward a full staff. Other new workers will report for duty in smaller batches over the next several weeks, said Jeanne Burkett, spokeswoman. The hospital will open June 7.
The new employees filled the cafeteria Monday for the first of three days of orientation. They were chosen from among 9,000 applicants and included many of the clinical people who will care for patients in the emergency room, intensive care unit and labor-and-delivery section.
Tom Seidel, for example, has been hired to work in the cardiac catheterization lab. Seidel, a resident of Orange County, has been a licensed radiation technologist since 2006. Before joining Spotsylvania Regional, he worked at Culpeper Regional Hospital, Prince William Hospital and Fauquier Hospital.
Seidel arrived in Spotsylvania last month and has been training at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond. Both Spotsylvania Regional and Chippenham are part of the HCA chain of hospitals.
Seidel said he suffered a heart attack in 2006 and had a catheterization procedure at Inova Fairfax Hospital. “Ever since then, I’ve been fighting” to work in a cath lab, he said.
In other recent developments, Spotsylvania Regional:
* Opened the bridge across Interstate 95 that will serve as one of its entrances. A guard is posted at one end of the bridge to limit entry to employees only. The hospital’s second entrance off U.S. 17 will open May 1. Both entrances will be available to the public by opening day.
* Scheduled an open house for the public on Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include tours, health screenings, prizes and food.
(For more about the new hospital, see the story in tomorrow’s paper.)