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Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex Opens New Emergency Department with Festive Ribbon Cutting and Ceremonies on January 31


New 4,000 Square-Foot ED to Meet the Emergency Needs of a Growing Population

Meeting the emergency medical needs of a growing population and further dedicating itself to serving the Sussex County community, Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex will officially open its new $2.5 million Emergency Department at a festive ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies on January 31 at 12 p.m. Noon. The new facility will open to patients, replacing the existing Emergency Department facility, on February 6.

Scheduled to speak at the event are Ginnie Littell, Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex; Gary J. Blan, President and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System; and Stephen Bocskocsky, Vice President of Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex. Father Charles Perricone, Pastor of Saint Monica's Church in Sussex, will offer a benediction and will bless the new facility.

"From its founding in 1918 as the Alexander Linn Hospital, Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex has been an important part of the fabric of Sussex County. In recent years we have provided much-needed medical services to Sussex County's growing population," says Bocskocsky. "As the only hospital serving northern Sussex County, we share the community's desire to have a vibrant, technologically superior hospital in the community. Our Emergency Department currently cares for nearly 10,000 patients each year, and we anticipate this number to rise as more and more people settle into our communities. This new Emergency Department is the initial step in a complete transformation of the facility, and a sign of our continued commitment to meeting the needs of the Sussex County and surrounding areas."

For the Sussex County region, a first-rate emergency facility and hospital, close to home, is a necessity. Sussex County has experienced an annual growth rate of nearly 6 percent in the past several years, a rate which is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. The completed 4,000 square-foot facility offers a new nurse's station, upgraded treatment rooms, a new triage area, enlarged patient entry and ambulance access areas, an upgraded trauma room, and an all-new treatment room dedicated to cardiac trauma.

Of the $2.5 million construction costs, $1.75 million was raised from private funds. Over the past several years, some 115 individuals, corporations, organizations and events have made a gift towards this new facility as part of Saint Clare's Health System's Miracles capital campaign. Fundraising continues for this new facility and any new donations will be allocated to its annual operational costs.

The new Emergency Department will also provide greater comfort and convenience and easier access to care for patients and their families. For Saint Clare's staff, the new facility will allow them to provide even higher levels of care in a modern facility that has been designed to maximize the timeliness and efficiency of care. For the community, the new ED will be an invaluable resource for members of the community who live and work in northern Sussex County.

"Saint Clare's Health System is meeting the challenges of growth and expansion in our communities by providing the highest quality of service to those who come to us for care," says Gary J. Blan, President and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System. "The new ED at Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex, coupled with an additional $1 million in exterior and interior renovations and $1 million in technology upgrades, has and will continue to place the facility in a position to make a deeper and more positive impact on healthcare services in Sussex County. It is predicted that Sussex County's recent unprecedented growth will continue, and we remain dedicated to providing leading-edge medical care to our neighbors."

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