Patients visiting the Emergency Department at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital will soon have a private entrance. The new emergency patient entrance, part of a larger renovation project in the Emergency Department, was primarily funded by the generous support of local donors to The Foundation at KVCH. The project was chosen based on feedback from the community.
"The renovation will allow KVCH to meet the growing demand for emergency services while increasing patient access, privacy, and security," according to Connie Dunnington, Foundation Board President, "and the generosity of our donors is what made this project possible."
Nearly ninety percent of the funds for the renovation were provided by community and KVCH employee donations to The Foundation at KVCH. The total cost of the project was about $240,000.
In addition to a separate patient entrance, the renovation adds a new reception area specifically for emergency patients. Storage areas within the department are being consolidated, allowing staff quick access to supplies and equipment necessary for emergency treatment.
Fundraising for the project began during the eighth annual Magical Evening gala in April 2011. Work on the renovation began in March 2012 and will be completed in September 2012. "With only eighteen months between fundraising and ribbon cutting, I think our community has a lot to be proud of," continued Dunnington.
A public ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate completion of the project. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.