Monday, December 10, 2012
Page Memorial Hospital Breaks Ground for New Facility
Capital Campaign Invites Donors to “Come Grow With Us”
Page Memorial Hospital (PMH) officially broke ground on a new $38 million replacement facility yesterday, which will create a modern, more efficient health care environment for Page County’s nonprofit community hospital. The new facility is projected to be completed early in 2014.
The new hospital was a commitment made to residents of Page County when the affiliation agreement with Winchester-based Valley Health System was signed on December 31, 2008. Valley Health will invest $37 million in the project; the remaining $1 million will be generated through philanthropic gifts, an effort led by Luray residents Cathy Weaver and Susan Dees, co-chairs of the PMH Capital Campaign Committee.
At the groundbreaking ceremony Weaver, who works at Vanity Fair/Wrangler, announced that $700,000 of the $1 million goal has already been raised, much of it through five-year $100,000 pledges from three key donors: Blue Ridge Bank, The Luray Caverns Wishing Well Fund, and The PMH Auxiliary. “The people of our county are so fortunate to have PMH and the new hospital under construction. Now, as a community, let’s partner with Page Memorial and Valley Health as this vision becomes a reality.”
"Great things are happening with health care in Page County!” exclaimed PMH Board Chairman Dick Masincup, a member of the Capital Campaign Committee. “The new Page Memorial Hospital will be a very impressive facility designed to meet the medical needs of today for the residents of Page County. Since we are part of Valley Health, services are already being provided locally that, prior to affiliation, would have required substantial patient travel to accomplish. This new, state of the art community hospital will, over time, expand that menu of local services.”
The three-story, 67,000 square foot hospital is being built on the current PMH campus, adjoining the new Medical Office Building. The building’s design will capitalize on the dramatic hilltop views of the mountains and available natural light, enhancing energy efficiency, patient-centered care, privacy, flexibility and room to grow in the future. The new hospital’s Emergency Department will expand from 9 to 14 private rooms.
“It’s not very often that a $38 million project is launched in Page County,” said Page Memorial Hospital President Travis Clark. “I’m very proud to be standing here today with this group of exceptional people. This new facility will be a reliable provider of health care and careers -- for us, our children and our children’s children.”
Campaign funds will purchase state-of-the-art beds with built-in features to improve comfort and safety, new digital mammography and ultrasound equipment, and a digital archiving system that enables radiologic tests to be accessed in the hospital and physician office, in Luray or elsewhere within Valley Health.
Susan Dees encouraged local contributions, saying, “We invite all who cherish our hospital and believe in its mission to support and participate in this most critical effort.”
Other members of the Capital Campaign Committee are Bill Dudley of Dudley Real Estate; John Graves of Luray Caverns; Paula Kibler of Edward Jones; Patricia Kite, current member of the PMH Board of Trustees, Candy Matthews of Massanutten Resorts; Robert Janney, local attorney; Kenneth Alger, District Attorney; and Doug Purdam of Masonite.
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