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Expansion of ICCU at Coaldale Campus

Updates to Expansion and Renovation Plans for ICCU in Coaldale

State Senator James Rhoades Provides $250,000 Grant

COALDALE, PA – (9-10-2008) – William J. Crossin, president, St. Luke' Miners Memorial Hospital, hosted a press conference today to provide further details on the expansion and renovation plans for the hospital's Intensive Critical Care Unit (ICCU). State Senator James Rhoades also participated and presented the hospital with a $250,000 grant to assist with the project.

Stanley Costello, chairman, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone in attendance today and expressed the hospital's commitment to being there for people at all stages of their health care needs. “Whenever someone needs help, St. Luke's is right there in the recovery process,” Costello said.

ICCU and Expansion Project

The ICCU expansion and renovation project at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital will take place over the next several years, Crossin explained. “The ICCU expansion and renovation project will bring the latest technology in patient care, along with an overall improvement within the department, to our community hospital,” Crossin said. He added, “This project will complement the past improvements that have been made to the Emergency Department, Radiology Department and patient care rooms at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital. I am proud of the improvements we have been able to make to the hospital through the funding from our government officials, including Senator Rhoades and Representative Dave Argall, and the corporate and individual support we continue to receive.”

Senator Rhoades secured the $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to support the needs in the new ICCU. “Local families depend on the staff at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital to provide high quality care when their family members and friends need specialized, one-on-one medical attention,” Rhoades said. “This grant will ensure the doctors and nurses in the ICCU have the space, equipment and support that is crucial to completing their very important work. It is critical that we continue to support this important part of our community.”

Karen J. Smith, RN, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, Vice President of Patient Services, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, stressed the importance of such funding to the improvement of the ICCU. “Our ICU nursing staff provides a high quality of care to our patients and with the help of the funding which Senator Rhoades has secured, that care will be complemented by increasing the quality of space in which our nurses provide this care. Our nurses will have a leading-edge Intensive Care Unit and access to equipment that is the “best of the best.” This will enable us to retain the quality staff that we currently have while also providing us with the means to educate our student nurses on what they only may read about in textbooks. These opportunities will hopefully entice our future nurses to remain in our area and work for our community hospital,” said Smith. She added, “I am proud to be a part of St. Luke's Miners as we continue to provide quality health care to the residents of our surrounding communities.”

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign Committee volunteer Michael Fegley also was on hand to explain the importance of donations such as the one announced today by Senator Rhoades. “A number of us in our community have volunteered and banded together to make sure St. Luke's Miners has the facilities and equipment it needs to be the best it can be. Our committee has identified three million dollars in critical care needs and Senator Rhoades and Representative Argall have helped us move closer to accomplishing our goal. It is critical that our government, corporations and individuals help this important cause and make gifts toward these improvements.

Representative David Argall also attended the press conference to show his support for the funding Senator Rhoades was able to secure for the hospital's ICCU project. Representative Argall was at the hospital in April to announce his support through a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare (DPW).

Planning Process Continues

While the preliminary design is complete, Karen Smith and William Crossin shared that they are currently meeting with staff, physicians, nurses, and managers to include their feedback in the planning process in the final design of the renovated and expanded area. When the ICU is relocated to the second floor of the hospital, it will more than double in size to more than 2,800 square feet and will provide patients with six private rooms so they may continue to receive one-on-one personal care required as patients of the Intensive Care Unit.

William Crossin concluded by stating, “Senator Rhoades, I continue to be impressed by your support for our community and our hospital. When a patient is in the ICCU, they need the best patient care and their families need the assurance that their loved one is receiving their treatment in the best facility. With the assistance of your grant, I am proud to say we will be able to continue providing the best patient care close-to-home. On behalf of my team of physicians, nurses, administration and staff along with our community residents, I thank you for your commitment and support of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital to continue strengthening our community hospital so that we will remain the region's health care leader in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne counties.”