FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 19, 2013
Contact: Jodie Grady, Marketing Manager
CLINTON – Sheila Daly, RN, MS, president and CEO of Clinton Hospital had the honor of cutting the ribbon on the hospital’s beautiful new Emergency Department, marking the completion of the yearlong project. Just before the ceremonial scissors were used, Ms. Daly was surprised by an announcement from Bill McGrail, Esq., chairman, Clinton Hospital’s Board of Trustees, who named the newest building on the hospital’s campus in her honor, The Daly Building.
“This was quite a shock,” said Ms. Daly. “I could not be more proud of the work we do here at Clinton Hospital and it has been my privilege to dedicate my career to Clinton Hospital. I am deeply humbled by this gesture and so grateful to everyone involved.”
The Daly Building, which is expected to open in September, is a 28,000-square-foot building that will house a 14,000-square-foot, first-floor Emergency Department. The two-story building includes a multipurpose shell on the second floor, which is being reserved for future growth. Ground was broken on the new building just over a year ago, June 27, 2012.
Since its opening in 1990, the volume of patients visiting Clinton Hospital’s Emergency Department has climbed from 9,000 patients per year to 14,000 visitors annually. To accommodate that increase in volume, the new Emergency Department, which is more than twice the size of the hospital’s existing space, is designed to improve patient flow and privacy.
Sharing his congratulations with Clinton Hospital was Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, who stressed the importance of local health care and keeping emergency care in the communities where people live. Marc Gautreau, MD, Medical Director, Clinton Hospital Emergency Department, also stepped to the podium to speak to attendees about the first-class care that is delivered at Clinton Hospital and validated the community’s critical need for a new Emergency Department.
Clinton Hospital’s new Emergency Department features eight spacious exam rooms, including specialized treatment areas for patients with specific needs such as women’s health and orthopedics. In addition, there is a four-bed observation unit, which will open at a later date. This space will be used for patients who need to remain in a hospital setting for a short period of time, but do not require admission to the hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit. A three-bed Behavioral Health area, rounds out the 15-bed Emergency Department by providing a safe and secure place for patients to rest.
In addition to the spacious layout and added privacy, the new unit will feature a convenient, walk-in entrance and a heated ambulance bay to keep patients comfortable during transfers.
“Our community deserves this new Emergency Department,” said Ms. Daly. “We have always had the best nurses and doctors caring for our patients here, and now we can offer a facility that lives up to the high level of care our patients deserve. I couldn’t be happier for our community.”
Clinton Hospital is currently awaiting certification from the Department of Public Health before opening its doors to the public later this summer.