CHARLES COLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BREAKS GROUND FOR ER EXPANSION AND RENOVATION
COUDERSPORT, PA—Approximately 100 members of the community, political leaders and hospital staff attended Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s emergency room (ER) groundbreaking celebration on Thursday, October 27. Hospital leadership praised project supporters and the emergency services staff for making the $4 million, 6,600-square-foot construction and renovations project feasible.
Pictured left to right: Ed Hardesty, executive director of Ancillary Services, Tom Noe, executive director of Corporate Support Services, Emily Myers, director of Emergency Services, Jeanette Smith, RN for the Emergency Department, Waldemar Szczupak, MD & Emergency Department medical director and Randy Headley, CCMH Board Chair.
The celebration was opened by Reverend Randy Headley, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Board Chair followed by a description of the 2,500-square-foot addition by Director of Emergency Services Emily Myers and Waldemar Szczupak, MD, medical director of the ER at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital .
“The renovations and additional space in the ER will enhance patient privacy, safety and the overall health care experience at the hospital for the patient and their family,” said Emily Myers, director of Emergency Services. “We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to improve patient care”.
The construction of a separate walk-in and ambulance entrance will allow convenient access to the ER from the hospital’s west entry for the nearly 9,500 patients that visit the ER each year. The new design also incorporates new rooms for private treatment and exams, an isolation exam room, a trauma patient room, a dedicated triage area, a private bereavement room, a comfortable waiting room with 20 additional seats, a secure medication area, more staff support space including physician offices, a modern nurses’ station and office. Completion of the project is expected to take approximately 14 months. The current emergency department will continue to operate 24/7 during construction.
Left to right: Ed Pitchford, president & CEO of CCMH, Representative Martin Causer, Senator Joseph Scarnati and Mike Glazer, district representative for Congressman Glenn Thompson.
Cole Memorial President and CEO Ed Pitchford emphasized that this project was made possible by the support of both public and private agencies. He recognized the support of Gary Reed, area specialist for the USDA Rural Development program,; Brian Eckert, director of Development for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Citizens and Northern Bank; The Mee Foundation; Delta Development and the CCMH Auxiliary as key to the project’s funding. “We have been working on obtaining the funding for this project for nearly three years and I’m very happy for this organization and for our patients that we now have the opportunity to improve this vital service that has served us well for nearly 50 years.”
Mr. Pitchford also welcomed area legislators whose interest and support were critical to obtaining the public funding that made the project financially feasible. He specifically noted the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grant that was sponsored in Harrisburg by Senator Scarnati and Representative Causer. “Each year, there are many worthy projects proposed by hospitals, universities and other agencies for these limited funds. This award to Cole Memorial was only possible because both of these gentlemen understand the importance of maintaining a modern and vibrant hospital in this region”.
“I remember my first trip to Potter County and seeing the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital campus. It is truly an impressive asset in the community,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “So just like any asset such as your home, the hospital needs to be maintained because of all it does for patients in the region.”
Representative Martin Causer stated, “I wish to thank the hospital’s leadership for their continued commitment to rural health care. Senator Scarnati and I will continue to be a strong voice of support in Harrisburg for rural health facilities.”
Mike Glazer, District Representative for Congressman Glenn Thompson said, “Charles Cole Memorial is a shining example of a critical access hospital. Despite financial cuts and trying times in most areas, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital continues to deliver the best health care services in the region.”
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and its ten primary care offices serve approximately 50,000 residents within a 65-mile service area including Potter, Cameron, McKean and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and New York’s southern tier. For more information, visit www.charlescolehospital.com.