The Plan To Breathe New Life Into The Hos­pi­tal!

If you think more sto­ries are cen­tered on GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s tit­u­lar fa­cil­ity lately, you’re right. Here, head­writ­ers Shelly Alt­man and Chris Van Et­ten ex­plain why ex­actly that is.

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The In Depth Story: It’s no co­in­ci­dence that Stella wound up work­ing at the hos­pi­tal. “When we bring in a new char­ac­ter who doesn’t need to be in a dif­fer­ent field,” says Alt­man, “we of­ten look for ways to in­cor­po­rate them into the hos­pi­tal. It doesn’t have to be as a doc­tor or a nurse, be­cause many other types of peo­ple work in that en­vi­ron­ment.”

That’s one rea­son Re­becca Budig’s Hay­den worked there be­fore leav-

ing town, and why Stella has be­come a so­cial worker at the fa­cil­ity. “It is GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL, af­ter all,” adds Van Et­ten, “and that should be the cen­ter of the show. We al­ways look for that bal­ance. Sonny is one of our very im­por­tant charac- ters, and he — like sev­eral other lo­cals — is a mob­ster. So we nat­u­rally have sto­ries tak­ing place in that realm.

“But,” he con­tin­ues, “we have also found ways to tie him to the hos­pi­tal, par­tic­u­larly with the story in­volv­ing Mike’s ill­ness. It’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing mi­lieu, and it has been the hub around which ev­ery­thing else re­volves since the show’s in­cep­tion. That’s im­por­tant to us and al­ways will be.”

We doubt any­one imag­ined Franco would be work­ing at the hos­pi­tal back when the char­ac­ter was in­tro­duced!

When not butting heads with Mon­ica over ex­penses, Hay­den played doc­tor with a real one!

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