MEDIA ADVISORY - Jameson Health System Celebrates Largest Expansion Project in History at the New Emergency & Surgical Departments Building Ground Breaking Ceremony

Date: 04/26/2011

April 25, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY + PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Lisa Lombardo
Director of Public Relations

T: 724.656.4238
E llombardo@jamesonhealth.org

Jameson Health System Celebrates Largest Expansion Project in History at the New Emergency & Surgical Departments Building Ground Breaking Ceremony

WHAT:  The Jameson Health System has embarked on a plan to significantly expand and improve medical care available to the region we serve.  Jameson will construct a new three-story Emergency (ER) and Surgical (OR) Department Building on the south side of the current Jameson Hospital North Campus.  This 66,000 square-foot facility will make a marked difference in the quality and level of service available from the ER and Surgical Departments. 

The new construction will be connected to Jameson Hospital with a glass-enclosed walkway and will include a rooftop helipad, 30 patient emergency rooms, six operating rooms and two endoscopy suites. The building project including internal furnishings and equipment is projected to cost $16 million.

The new building will have a number of advantages over the current facility.  First, the new ER and Surgical Departments Building will mean an improvement in the quality and level of care.  Second, it will minimize the need for patients to travel to large metropolitan centers for treatment. Third, it will enhance physician recruitment attracting a larger number of physicians to build practices in surrounding communities. Fourth, it will strengthen the economic impact that Jameson already has by increasing payroll and benefits beyond the $75 million that the Health System circulates back into the local economy.

WHO:

  • Jameson Health System Board Leadership, Management Staff, Medical Staff, Employees and Volunteers;
  • Previous Emergency & Surgical Patients, including those featured in print testimonials sharing their experiences;
  • Distinguished Guests, including State Representative Chris Sainato, State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. and State Senator Bob Robbins who have advocated project funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WHEN:         Friday, May 6, 2011. 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Jameson Hospital, 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle, PA 16105
                    
The Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held outside of the current ER entrance, followed by a reception in the adjacent School of Nursing Auditorium.

WHY:            The uncertain times of healthcare reform are upon us.  Government and managed care reimbursements are both tightening and diminishing as the healthcare marketplace becomes increasingly competitive. In order to remain independent and free to meet the needs of our community and to provide employment for over 1,300 local families, Jameson must be strongly positioned for this future. The new ER and Surgical Departments are pivotal factors in Jameson Health System’s continued growth, fiscal stability and sustained independence.

NOTE TO MEDIA:

Media will have reserved parking in Parking Lot 5 with capability to receive on-site audio and video feed. Health System Leadership, Distinguished Guests and Patients featured as testimonials will be available for interviews and photographs. Photo opportunities and interviews can be conducted immediately following the Ground Breaking Ceremony and during the Reception. 

A Public Relations Representative will meet members of the media at the Reserved Media Parking in Lot 5. Please contact Mary Ann Marino at 724.656.4145 or mmarino@jamesonhealth.orgif you plan to attend.

 

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