WAKE FOREST, NC – When Bill McGillicuddy was finally discharged from Graves Memorial Hospital after a three-year stay, the Pines Long Term Nursing Facility asked for a hard copy of his chart. Little did they know what they would find themselves in quite the predicament.
After three years in the hospital with multiple surgeries, trips to the ICU, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and countless other procedures and tests, the total printed hospital chart consisted of 7.5 billion separate sheets of paper or the equivalent of 15 million reams.
Working quickly, the administration at Graves contracted with a lumber company in the Pacific Northwest and Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, PA to level an entire forest to provide the raw material and produce this amount of paper.
After about three weeks of work, the chart and patient were successfully delivered to the Pines Long Term Nursing Facility via 10 dump trucks where a third-year medical student doing an away rotation will start construction of a barn to house the chart.