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Chamber hears update
on LMHF project

Golden Jubilee Capital Campaign co-chair Danny Gibson (right) talks with Lawrence County Chamber Board member Mike Montgomery during a tour of the model patient room on Tuesday. The Chamber Board met at the hospital and heard a presentation on the Foundation's efforts to remodel the patient wing of the hospital.
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Gretchen Hunt

Lila Floyd and Danny Gibson, co-chairs of the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation's Golden Jubilee Capital Campaign, addressed the Lawrence County Chamber Board on Tuesday regarding the Foundation's project to renovate the patient wing of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Floyd began with a discussion on numbers, citing several key figures for LHS, including: 340, the number of employees; 9,000,000, the total dollar amount of the health system's annual payroll; 25, the number of patient rooms; 5,000, the cost to refurbish each room; and one, signifying that no donation is too small and every contributor counts.

"In celebration of the hospital's 50th anniversary, the Foundation decided to launch a capital campaign," she said. "We are trying to raise the funds to renovate the patient care wing of the hospital."

The wing includes the 25 patient rooms, as well as a nurses' station, a nurses' lounge, a doctors' lounge and a family waiting room.

Floyd said finding funds for this type of renovation in the LHS budget would be difficult.

"Once operation and maintenance expenses are paid, there is not much money left for these types of upgrades," she said.

She said the Foundation has sought support from within the LHS infrastructure and has met with overwhelming response. LHS Board members, Foundation Board members, doctors, employees and auxiliary members have pledged their support to the project.

"In May of 1960, the hospital opened its doors to provide healthcare services to the community," Floyd said. "It didn't just happen. There was a lot of work and a lot of planning that went into it."

Similarly, she said the Foundation's current project has required a lot of planning. Committee members have been working toward their goal for more than a year now.

Now, the Foundation is seeking support from the community. She asked Chamber Board members to consider supporting the project individually or through their businesses and also to share information about the project with others.

Shares reasons to renovate

Floyd said there are many reasons to complete the renovation including the fact that studies have proven that patients' physical setting has an affect on their ability to heal.

"We also wanted to make the rooms more family friendly," she said.

Chairs that pull out into beds make it easy for family members to stay with their loved ones but also fold away neatly to make room for medical staff to do their work.

Providing a positive work environment for employees will be another benefit of the renovation, according to Floyd.

"We compete with other healthcare providers for workers," she said. "It is important to create an environment where healthcare workers feel good about coming to work and have the proper infrastructure to use new technology."

Gibson concluded the presentation by sharing that the committee's goal is to continue the original hospital building committee's goals.

"The purpose really is to bring it back up to a higher level," he said. "We need to keep it up for the jobs, for the money it brings to the community and for the medical benefits."

Anyone who is interested in being a part of the Golden Jubilee Campaign can call the Foundation office at 886-1275 or visit www.lawrencehealth.net for more information.

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