Any time you reach a finish line, it’s cause for celebration.
Providence Medical Center celebrated the finish of a year-long effort to raise $2.5 million for a capital campaign, with a nice turnout of business and community leaders filling the recently-renovated main lobby at the Wayne hospital Thursday morning.
Renovations to the 42-year old hospital have been ongoing for the past two years and are entering the final stages, with a March 2018 completion date still expected.
The hospital’s foundation began work on a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to help meet the $15 million price tag on the construction, which has moved three emergency areas into one sharp facility, created a state-of-the-art birthing suite and has renovated everything from patient rooms to the hospital’s chapel.
“The initial kickoff was in February, and there was six month of pre-planning, so the steering committee for this has been engaged for about a year,” said Jim Frank, CEO of Providence Medical Center. “It definitely was a process.”
“There was a lot of work on the part of a lot of people, and getting the right people involved was important,” added Galen Wiser, president of the hospital’s Foundation board. “We had a professional firm help us get started and they helped put us on a path, and the construction has stayed pretty much on schedule, which is remarkable and is good to see.”
Numerous donations have been received over the course of the past six months, and several major donations were announced at Thursday’s gathering, highlighted by a $1 million donation from the Gardner Foundation.
Leslie Bebee, Gardner Foundation board member, said the financial commitment the foundation made was made to honor the care that the hospital’s employees provide and the importance of having a quality health care facility located right here in Wayne.
“PMC’s progressive vision is evident in this project, and we’re glad we are in a position to be able to give to such a worthwhile cause, to give back to a facility that has done so much for our family,” she said in an emotional speech.
Bebee said her mother passed away three years ago at Providence, and complimented the care her mother and her family have received over the years at PMC.
“My mom was in the hospital several times in the last year, and I kidded her that this was a hospital and not a hotel room, and she always said, ‘I wouldn’t get this kind of service at a hotel,’” she said. “We have experienced many areas of this hospital . . . and the care she received was phenomenal.”
Bebee said that having a hospital in Wayne is important to the people of the community.
“We have experienced new life here,” she said. “Our granddaughter was born in the new state of the art birthing suite with such wonderful care. We have experienced tubes, tonsils, stitches and will have a new grandchild later this fall. The PMC employee campaign for this project shows the dedication of the employees and how much they believe in this facility and project.”\
“It is so important to have quality health care so close to home and not have to drive 20-40 miles,” she added. “I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this project - it is great to partner with good people.”
Frank said that the capital campaign came in just over the $2.5 million goal at $2,529,000.
“We had a lofty goal set, and there was a lot of discussion about the number and we settled on that we needed $2.5 million to get to the total cost,” he said.
“To actually reach it was fantastic,” Wiser added.
Construction is still ongoing at the hospital, with the “A” patient wing, outpatient, dietary and surgery areas currently undergoing renovation. Frank said completion of the work is expected by the end of March 2018.