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Community Celebrates New Surgical Center

June 22, 2017

Photo of hospital trustees, officials and local dignitaries cutting the ribbon to new surgical center at Copley Hospital.
Trustee Nancy Putnam, VP of Community Services Leah Hollenberger, Board Chair Lainie Nichols, Chief of Surgery Dr. Bryan Huber, Senator Richard Westman, and CEO Art Mathisen cut the ribbon to the new James and Mary Louise Surgical Center at Copley Hospital. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in advance to allow community members the opportunity to tour what would otherwise be a restricted area.

Community Celebrates Copley Hospital’s  New Surgical Center

Community Contributes More Than $3.2 Million to Modernize Facilities

Morrisville –Wide eyes, bright smiles, and several yards of blue ribbon marked two milestones for Copley Hospital and more than 200 community members on Wednesday evening, June 21. They were on hand to celebrate the James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center and the completion of the largest successful capital campaign in the hospital’s history.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held almost three (3) years to the day after the hospital announced plans to build a new Surgical Center.

Copley Hospital President Art Mathisen started the festivities, thanking community members for their support of Copley. He shared how extraordinarily supportive the community is, how important it was for a community hospital, and how this support further fueled Team Copley to continue striving for excellence. He thanked Copley’s staff, across all disciplines, for not losing sight of the compassionate, caring side of medicine. “It’s extraordinary care,” he said. “And it is every day here at Copley. I’m so proud of Team Copley and am delighted that the new Carpenter Surgical Center is a facility that reflects your commitment to exceptional patient care.”

 James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center

“The Board, Staff, and patients of Copley are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor who made a transformative gift to Copley in honor of Rev. James and Dr. Mary Louise Carpenter,” said Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital Vice President of Community Relations, when discussing the capital campaign for the new surgical center. “The donor commented when they made the gift that just about everyone they knew had come through the doors of Copley. Naming the center in honor of Jim and Mary Louise reflects their commitment to service above self and their love for this wonderful community.”

The Carpenters were summer residents of Greensboro since the mid-1960s and their extended family maintains ties to Greensboro to this day. James Carpenter was an Episcopal priest and professor of theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City and the founder and director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Studies and Relations. He passed away in 2013.

Dr. Mary Louise Dunbar Carpenter, his wife, was a research psychologist at the Bronx (NY) Psychiatric Center and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, NY. She passed away in 2005.

Largest, Most Successful Campaign in Hospital’s History
Hospital trustee Senator Rich Westman recognized the Copley Hospital Auxiliary for its extraordinary role in the Campaign for the New Surgical Center. The Auxiliary made the first gift to the capital campaign; a pledge of $60,000 payable across three years. The Auxiliary fulfilled the pledge in 18 months. They then offered a challenge grant in the Fall of 2016, which helped raise more than $200,000. “This spring, the Auxiliary offered a matching grant, a grant that, when met, would help Copley successfully end the capital campaign,” said Westman. “I am happy to inform you that the Copley Hospital Auxiliary will make the last official gift to the capital campaign.” Westman announced that the campaign for the new surgical center was the hospital’s largest and most successful capital campaign in its history. Community members donated $3,217,329 toward the new surgical center, exceeding the campaign goal of $3.2 million.

In addition to the Copley Hospital Auxiliary, Union Bank was recognized for their support of the project, having made a lead gift to the capital campaign. Recognition was also given to the Lucy Downing Nisbet Charitable Fund, Bank of America, N.A. Co-Trustee for their generous support of the new surgical center.

Volunteers Henry and Lanny King, of Greensboro, and John and Julie Egenberg, of Stowe, were recognized for their work with the Capital Campaign Committee. “Thank you for investing your time and your talent in Copley,” said Hollenberger.  The nurses station in the Carpenter Surgical Center is named in honor of the Egenbergs and the Kings are recognized by the entrance into Pre-Op.

Senator Westman, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, acknowledged that the capital campaign, launched in 2013, spanned the tenure of two board chairs and that the two leaders were also instrumental on the Capital Campaign Committee. “Current board chair Elaine “Lainie” Nichols and former board chair Nancy Putnam were an incredible tag team, working seamlessly. We want to thank them for their extraordinary leadership.”

The James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center was designed by architects Freeman French Freeman and constructed by the ReArch Company, with assistance from L.N. Consulting. Construction of the center is in the final stages. It will be followed by system testing, staff training, and terminal cleaning in the new facility to ensure quality care and patient safety. During this period, surgeries will continue to be performed in the hospital’s current operating rooms. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in advance to allow community members the opportunity to tour what would otherwise be a restricted area.

The James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center replaces the existing operating rooms which were built nearly 40 years ago. The new facility includes three (3) operating rooms, one (1) procedure room, central sterile and processing, pre-operative and post- operative beds, a dedicated waiting area for families, a consultation room for physicians and family members, and expanded space for storage and support services. The Carpenter Surgical Center is located off the hospital’s main lobby; just inside the hospital’s Main Entrance and directly across from the Emergency Department.

The next phase of the three-phase construction project includes renovations to the outpatient Infusion Suite and repurposing of the space currently used by Surgical Services for the Birthing Center and to expand the Cafeteria. The entire construction project should be completed by the end of 2017.