Baystate Wing Auxiliary Gives $25,000 to Emergency Department Expansion

PALMER — At the Baystate Wing Hospital Auxiliary’s recent annual luncheon, board member Catherine Izyk presented Mike Moran, president and chief administrative officer for the Baystate Health Eastern Region, with a check for $25,000, the first payment toward its $125,000 pledge to the Baystate Wing Emergency Department capital campaign.

“This brings the Auxiliary’s total pledge to this important campaign to $200,000,” said Teresa Grove, Auxiliary president and Baystate Health philanthropy officer.

The Emergency Department expansion project, which is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018, features 20 patient rooms, including trauma, behavioral-health, and other dedicated specialty-care areas. Private rooms will replace curtained bays to enhance patient privacy, and a dedicated space will be created for behavioral-health patients. Additionally, patients will have access to the most sophisticated medical technology, including CT scan and Radiology (X-ray) services, all located the new, 17,800-square-foot space. Once completed, the $17.2 million project will expand the Emergency Department to better accommodate the needs of the community by supporting the current annual patient volume of 24,000 visits.

“Our community and this hospital are indeed fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of people volunteering on our behalf, and we are grateful for their efforts,” said Moran. “They are not only enthusiastic fund-raisers, but also serve as goodwill ambassadors throughout the many communities we serve.”

For more information or an application to become a member of the Baystate Wing Hospital Auxiliary, stop in the gift shop located on first floor near the café, or call Grove at (413) 370-5798.

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