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Noyes Health Breaks Ground on Emergency Department Expansion

Friday, April 12, 2013

Local Couple Makes Gift to Name Facility in Memory of Their Daughter

Dansville, NY – Groundbreaking on an estimated $7.3 million expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, NY took place today.

Hospital Board Chairperson Marilyn Moore welcomed over one hundred guests and staff, recognizing the efforts of all who have been involved in the planning of this project. NYS Senator Catharine Young lauded the Hospital’s ability to secure a 4.69 million dollar HEAL grant from the New York State Department of Health as the catalyst for moving forward. She noted that the prestigious HEAL grant only covers about 64% of the total project costs, and that public money should serve as the impetus for further community support and involvement in the project. Senator Young was then joined by Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard for the announcement of a new, $750,000 gift for the Emergency Department from E. Phillip and Carole Saunders, residents of Livingston County, and the Saunders Foundation in memory of their late daughter, Mary Saunders Beiermann. Pollard thanked Mr. and Mrs. Saunders and the Saunders Foundation for their generosity and expressed the Hospital’s pride in naming the new Emergency Department after Mary Saunders Beiermann. The CEO challenged the community to join together to raise the additional funds that will be required to complete the Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation. She concluded her remarks by announcing Mr. Saunders will serve as the Campaign’s Honorary Chairperson.

This is not the first time this family and the Saunders Foundation have taken a leadership role in a project at this hospital. When the Emergency Department is complete both ends of the hospital will bear the Saunders name. The Saunders Foundation has been a catalyst for positive growth in this community and the region through its philanthropic generosity for many years and many projects.

It is this kind of local support that is necessary to spur economic growth, retain local jobs, and to continue to improve the quality of life for all residents of Livingston County and the Noyes Health service area.

Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital has been a progressive, community hospital providing high-quality health care to residents of Livingston County and the region. In keeping with the tradition of providing the best possible care to its patients, the new 10,000 square foot Emergency Department will provide space, privacy and the latest technology.

Left to Right: Rufus Judson, Pike Construction, Todd Martin, GardnerPlus Architect, NYS Senator Catharine Young, Ian Coyle, Livingston County Administrator, Amy Pollard, Noyes Health President and CEO, Marilyn Moore, Chair, Noyes Health Board of Directors, Pauline Shaw, Director of Noyes Health Emergency Services, Dr. Douglas Mayhle, Noyes Health Medical Director and Noyes Health Board of Directors, Village of Dansville Mayor Pete Vogt, Town of North Dansville Supervisor Dennis Mahus and Livingston County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Town of Groveland, James Merrick.

Noyes Hospital has the only Emergency Department in Livingston County and treats over 14,000 patients annually. The existing space was built in 1972 and is 3,000 square feet. The existing Emergency Department does not afford the privacy, comfort and work space needed for our patients and staff. The Emergency Department is the entry point of care for a majority of patients. Most importantly, the Emergency Department is the safety net for communities when alternate services are closed, nonexistent, or not accessible. At the completion of the new Emergency Department, the existing space will be converted to an Observation Unit. For patients requiring observation services for assessment, stabilization, and decision to admit or discharge, this is best accomplished in a unit within or adjacent to Emergency as observation patients must currently be treated as inpatients and comingled on the inpatient unit.

Rural Emergency Departments are sometimes thought of as treating low acuity (acute) patients, but that is not accurate. Noyes Hospital is usually the first stop for anyone who is ill or hurt in the region, including those who are traveling on I-390 which runs directly in front of the Hospital and through Dansville, as well as workers from nearby manufacturing facilities, hunters, agricultural workers, and Finger Lakes tourists. Noyes Hospital is often called upon to stabilize and transfer patients to a tertiary center. It plays a critical role in the healthcare of Livingston and contiguous counties.

To assist in assessment of ED and Observation patients, the ED will have bidirectional interfaces to access consultation services with Rochester hospitals and allow patients who may have otherwise been transferred to Rochester to remain at Noyes for further evaluation and treatment. Noyes Hospital recently signed a collaborative agreement with the University of Rochester Medical Center which gives Noyes doctors access to the Medical Center’s clinical and educational resources.

Caption: Amy Pollard, Noyes Health President and CEO describes ED Project to over 100 attendees.

“Through this project, the Noyes Health medical team will be able to give their patients a more appropriate level of care and get them home faster,” said Amy Pollard, Noyes Health President and CEO to the crowd and dignitaries that included Mr. Dave Seeley, Regional Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mr. Joe Stempolinski, District Representative for U.S. Congressman, Tom Reed and NYS Assemblyman, Bill Nojay. “As the only hospital in the healthiest county in New York State we remain committed to our service area to provide access to excellent healthcare for all in the future.”

An initial design of space has been completed by GardnerPlus Architects, PLLC, of Rochester, NY. Renderings of the expansion are available to view on the Noyes Health website. Pike Construction of Rochester, NY has been contracted as construction manager. SBS Fund Counsel LLC, a fundraising consultancy firm based in Rochester, NY, has been engaged to assist in the campaign.

From: Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation

Contact: 585-335-4323 coswald@noyes-hospital.org

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