Hospital Foundation Launches Campaign for ER; AMC Receives Level IV Trauma Designation
"I am pumped about the ER Expansion Project at Anthony Medical Center, and I hope that YOU are pumped too!" said Karen Hare, Anthony resident who was featured in a kickoff video used by the Anthony Hospital Foundation to launch a capital campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate the Emergency Services Department at Anthony Medical Center (AMC). Hare, along with 4 other Anthony residents were featured in the 17-minute video that highlighted the life-saving capabilities of, the overall need for access to, and the top improvement requests of the AMC Emergency Department. The ER Expansion project will focus on 3 core principles: better patient care, more privacy, and higher standards.
In mid-2012, AMC hired an independent consultant who conducted individual interviews and visited with over 100 area residents in small focus groups. The overall consensus from more than 90% of participants was that the greatest need for improvement at Anthony Medical Center was in the Emergency Room, with most citing the lack of space and privacy as their main concerns with current emergent care at AMC. From the requests of the public, the ER Expansion project came to life.
The project, expected to cost approximately $600,000 features a complete renovation of existing space along with new construction to allow for greater capacity, private rooms, and other space dedicated solely to emergency services for staff, patients, and family. The main highlight of the project being four private emergency room suites for patient care, with two rooms being set up for critical care, trauma or cardiac emergencies and two rooms set up for more minor emergencies/urgent care needs.
The launch of the campaign for ER expansion comes right on the heels of Anthony Medical Center being designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. One of only seven hospitals in the state to receive this special designation based on its capability to care for trauma patients, AMC and Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, are the only Level IV Trauma hospitals in South Central Kansas.
"The Level IV Trauma designation really goes hand in hand with the ER Expansion project," states Bryant Anderson, AMC CEO. "Our staff has gone through an immense amount of training and certification in order to be awarded the Level IV status. Going forward, to retain this designation the facilities will need to undergo the necessary improvements affording us the proper space and equipment necessary to serve patients in this special trauma capacity," he states. "The timing of this project could not be better for our staff, patients, and community to come together to provide all of the pieces necessary to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients needing emergent care."
The goal of the Kansas Trauma Program is to ensure each patient is properly triaged and matched to the hospital with the most appropriate resources as quickly as possible. Because patients with severe injuries require rapid, specialized treatment to ensure the best chance for recovery, an integrated trauma system increases their chances for survival and reduces their chance of permanent disability. AMC being recognized as a Level IV Trauma facility ensures that patients in the area who need specialized treatment for their life threatening injuries have the appropriate services, staff and capabilities available to them in their time of need.
The Hospital Foundation has pledged to raise the funds necessary to complete the ER Expansion Project with the goal of being in the new, fully operational space by late 2013. Over the coming weeks, the campaign will delve further into the aforementioned principles of better patient care, more privacy and higher standards. For more information about the project, the fundraising campaign, or to make a donation, please contact Tami Greve, Foundation Executive Director and Campaign Manager, at 620-842-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's our hope that most people feel the same way that Karen Hare does about the ER project," states Anderson. "Our practitioners and staff, Board of Directors, and Foundation are 'pumped' about it, she’s 'pumped' about it, and we hope that you will be too!"