Bank Believes New Emergency Department Will Strengthen Community
CLINTON – The Campaign for Emergency Care, Clinton Hospital’s capital fundraising initiative to build a new Emergency Department building at the hospital, is off to a promising start with local business leader, Clinton Savings Bank (CSB), signing on with a $100,000 commitment to the project. While the campaign has yet to officially kick off, this announcement follows on the heels of the hospital’s first $100,000 pledge from the Stephen F. Quill Family Foundation in memory of Brian Kelly (1942-1958), which was made earlier this summer.
“We are so pleased with how our fundraising efforts are coming along to date,” said Sheila Daly, president and CEO of Clinton Hospital. “We have quite a long way to go to reach our $5 million goal, but the fact that foundations like Stephen F. Quill Family Foundation and prominent local businesses like Clinton Savings Bank are stepping forward to stand behind our new Emergency Department speaks volumes to us and to our community. This is the right time for us to enhance our emergency services, and it’s clear that our community members agree.” The Clinton Hospital Guild also showed their support for the project by making the campaign’s first pledge of $50,000.
“Clinton Savings Bank is a well-respected pillar in our community and as a member of our Community Partnership program, it has always been very supportive of hospital initiatives,” said Ms. Daly. “Our Emergency Department project is the largest we have seen in a number of years at Clinton Hospital. We know this expansion is necessary to meet our community’s needs, but having the generous support of CSB confirms that they too believe in this endeavor and assures us that our community will follow their lead and help us meet our fundraising goal.”
Construction of Clinton Hospital’s 28,000-square-foot Emergency Department building is well underway with the foundation completed and framing expected to be completed by mid-September. The new facility, which will house a 14,000-square-foot Emergency Department on the first floor, will provide for all private patient treatment areas and allow for additional space for staff and visitors to tend to patients, while providing the same easily accessible, high level of care on which our community members have come to depend.
Robert J. Paulhus, Jr., president and CEO of CSB is serving as co-chair of the Special Gifts Division for The Campaign for Emergency Care. Mr. Paulhus said that the CSB believes in the importance of lending its support to the service organizations that help make life better for our region. He explained, “The strength of a community is best measured by how its members help one another. Whether it is giving a neighbor a hand on a home project or business owners supporting local non-profits, the interaction and assistance local residents give one another is critical to a community. As the region’s community bank, part of Clinton Savings Bank’s mission is to do what we can to strengthen the community and make it a great place to live and work. As residents, we know the value of having an outstanding medical facility in our area, so as a business, we wanted to make sure we did our part to support the hospital’s capital campaign.”
Clinton Hospital’s Emergency Department building is on course for completion in the summer 2013. The new space will feature 15 private patient exam rooms, including specialized areas for women’s health patients, orthopedics, mental health patients and observation rooms. A second-floor shell is included in the construction project. Use of this versatile space is still to be determined.