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Soldiers & Sailors announces campaign details

PENN YAN—The Cornerstone of Care is the theme for the ongoing campaign for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. The facility is in the midst of a three phase capital project that will enhance the facility in the future. Serving the community since 1924, changing needs triggered the $9 million project.
The cost of the three phases of the project will include $1.5 million from New York State, $4 million from Finger Lakes Health Foundation with currently available funds. Finger Lakes Health System will also utilize available assets to help fund the project. The campaign hopes to raise a minimum of $1.5 million from the community. To date, $969,325 has been raised or pledged. Campaign chairman Harold Gray said, “We’re very optimistic and pleased with the donations, some were very generous gifts. The largest mount so far has been from the Soldiers & Sailors family, very loyal and generous donors, board members, Auxiliary members, patients and staff. A wide range of people associated with the hospital.”
Executive director of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation Ruth Benedict and Gray have begun contacting community groups to present information about the campaign.
Recently a celebration of the completion of Phase I, relocation of Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation departments, drew a large crowd of patients and community members. These departments, which serve over 25,000 patient visits each year have been relocated to the ground floor, close to the main lobby and patient parking areas. These bright areas are being celebrated as a wonderful change by patients who are in the departments frequently. Another portion of Phase I was relocation of the Pharmacy from the Medical Arts Building to the hospital for more convenient access for clinical staff.
Anyone who has been in the Liberty Street and North Avenue area has noticed the exterior changes which include redesign of the main entrance and lobby as well as building upgrades. In addition to providing a more welcoming environment and well-coordinated access to services the appearance of the building is being improved. A separate triage and emergency waiting area is being constructing which will include a confidential and convenient one-step patient registration and lab/blood draw area.
Peppermint Parlor has been a fixture of the hospital for decades. It was adjacent to the main entrance at first, but a renovation project more than a decade ago left it quite a distance from the main entrance. It will move to the new lobby during Phase II. Other renovations and improvements that may not be as obvious to the casual visitor include replacement of outdated boilers, improved ventilation and heating systems, roofing work, exterior repairs and resurfacing, upgraded electrical systems and a new sprinkler system. The target for completion of this phase is mid-2009.
The third and final phase will focus on renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department. This vitally important service where access and timing is critical is visited by more than 8,500 patients each year. The current department is overcrowded and the facilities have grown out of step with modern practice. During this phase, solid walls and sliding glass panels will be installed to separate all treatment areas, a change that will improve patient confidentiality and infection prevention procedures. The redesign will also enhance the flow and efficiency of staff and equipment and create a more comfortable and confidential patient registration area. Provisions will also be made for separating patients coming to the department for medical or mental health emergencies.
Gray said, “The kickoff is this spring, some time in May for the public phase,” adding, “We’re off to a very good start.”
 





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