GOUVERNEUR E.J. Noble Hospital will become Gouverneur Hospital at 11:59 p.m. tonight, with operations under the new organization set to begin officially at midnight.
It will be a seamless transition, said Rebecca J. Faber, the spokeswoman for St. Lawrence Health System, the parent organization of both Gouverneur Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam.
The reorganization of E.J. Noble is a way of rescuing what was a financially unstable institution with quality of care issues and turning it into a sustainable way of providing healthcare to the community.
Patient care will not be interrupted. Patients should notice no change Jan. 1, Ms. Faber said. The difference people will experience will be in the new hospitals and systems focus on quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
All of the jobs and medical services that E.J. Noble offered will continue Wednesday although some E.J. Noble employees opted not to continue working for Gouverneur Hospital, Ms. Faber said.
E.J. Noble was planning an employee-only ceremony today to mark the occasion, with employees contributing to a time capsule. The items might include employee badges, cards from patients, and pictures of babies born at E.J. Noble and of physicians who worked there.
It will be the employeess choice, Ms. Faber said. When its opened years from now, people will know what the hospital was all about.
Larger items or which have special significance to the public, including the E.J. Noble sign, are being donated to the Gouverneur Museum.