Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lamberts to lead local LMH fund-raising efforts

March 16, 2006

It was a busy day last Wednesday at the Collins House on the Baker University campus. First, a new president was named at a late-afternoon news conference and later that evening it was the site of a kick-off event for expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

LMH has announced plans for a $40 million expansion project and is seeking $8 million in help through a service-area wide capital campaign. Baldwin will have its own part of that campaign and Baker President Dan Lambert and his wife, Carolyn, our honorary co-chairs for the Baldwin division.

"Having a strong county-wide hospital that offers state-of-the-art medical care is essential to the future of an community, including Baldwin City," said Dan Lambert. "Baldwin City is lucky, not only to be so close to an outstanding hospital like LMH, but to also be home to LMH's Family Medicine of Baldwin City."

There were around 50 people attend the LMH kick-off at the Collins House, where earlier in the day it had been announced that Patricia Long would replace Lambert as Baker president after his 19-year tenure.

LMH officials outlined the plan which calls for an expanded emergency department, surgical suites, and maternity department, as well as become an all private room facility. LMH is a community-owned hospital that operates without the benefit of tax dollars. In 2005, LMH had more than 200,000 patients visits and 7,200 of those were Baldwin residents. Family Medicine of Baldwin City saw 9,000 patients in 2005.

"This project allows the citizens of Douglas County to guarantee themselves a future of outstanding medical care for years to come," said Gene Meyer, president and CEO of LMH. "All four areas of this project will improve patient care and help us achieve our vision of being the very best community hospital. Douglas County deserves no less."

The planned LMH expansion includes:

  • Expanding the Emergency Department to meet the growing needs of the county. In the past eight years, the number of emergency department patients has more than doubled to 30,000 patients every year.
  • Adding new birthing rooms and increasing patient care capabilities. The hospital delivers around 1,200 babies every year, up from 750 eight years ago.
  • Adding new operating rooms. LMH has cutting edge medical equipment, but the surgical rooms are 25 years old.
  • Converting semi-private rooms to fully private rooms. This will provide patients with more privacy and comfort.

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