Thursday, January 12, 2012

We've Reached the Halfway Mark!

April 2012 will be an exciting time for JCH as we are all looking forward to the opening of our new emergency center. To date the new emergency center is currently halfway to done. We’re also more than halfway to reaching our fundraising goal of $1,000,000.

The combination of state-of-the-art equipment, more space and additional staff will mean even better care for our patients... those are all good reasons to be excited for this new addition. But there are also many more bonuses for our patients.

The new building increases the current ER space from 4,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet – more than double its former size. In addition, the new ER+ has been designed to accommodate not only current needs, but those that are anticipated for the future as well – like an exam room specifically geared for mental health patients and a decontamination room that can be used in case of exposure to chemical agents. Both rooms will enable staff to safely and securely treat patients without disrupting the care of other patients. I've posted some photos to give you a sneak peak of the progress.

The general contractor for the project, Contegra, has been great to work with. They anticipate completion of the second phase – renovation of the existing ER space – sometime in March. Eric Gowin, Contegra’s president, expressed they have been thankful to be part of our new ER, and that construction has gone very smoothly with great cooperation from the local subcontractors as well as the hospital staff.

To make a donation and get the latest updates on the JCH ER project, visit! Also, watch the media, newsletter and website for announcements regarding an Open House in the spring!