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Copley Holds Groundbreaking for New Surgical Center

May 25, 2016

Center Named in Honor of James and Mary Louise Carpenter

Hospital kicks off $3.2 million campaign for new Surgical Center

Groundbreaking for the New Surgical Center
Operating Room RN Terry Phillips, urologist Dr. Betsy Perez, Andy Carpenter, Rep. Avram Patt, anesthesiologist Dr. Chris Rohan, CEO Art Mathisen, Trustees Elaine Nichols, Nancy Putnam and Senator Rich Westman join retiring CEO Mel Patashnick, VP of Support Services Greg Ward and Rep. Linda Martin to break ground for the James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center at Copley Hospital. photo credit: Kip Ross.

May 25, 2016 – Copley Hospital today held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new 19,450 square-foot Surgical Center. State and local officials joined Copley Hospital CEO Art Mathisen and retiring CEO Mel Patashnick for the event that marks a construction project estimated to last 18 months.

“This is an exciting day for Copley Hospital and our community,” said Mathisen. “Today we begin a project that will help us continue to deliver optimal outcomes and provide the best patient experience possible. This project is vital to the long-term economic well being of Copley, our community and the state.”

“Copley cared for my Dad. I knew he was getting the best care possible and it was delivered with compassion,” said Senator Richard Westman. “However we reshape Vermont’s health care system, community hospitals like Copley are the underpinnings of our quality-driven, reasonably priced system of care for Vermonters. I am proud to be here to honor the quality of care provided at Copley Hospital; I congratulate them as they begin this needed facility improvement, and I look forward to watching the construction progress.”

$2.7 Million Already Raised
Elaine Nichols, Chair of the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees launched the public phase of “Critical Caring: the Campaign for Copley’s New Surgical Center,” which aims to raise $3.2 million in community support by the end of 2017. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Nichols announced that the campaign already had raised more than $2.7 million – 86% of the goal during its “quiet phase,” which began in May of 2013.

Nichols shared that she is chairing the campaign for a very personal reason: the care her family has received at Copley. I think we’re really fortunate to have this outstanding level of care so close to home,” said Nichols. “It’s important we help Copley keep up with technology, with facilities that meet present-day standards. It’s about building our community’s future and it depends on each one of us. Each of us here today understands that it takes money – private money. I hope you’ll join me in helping Copley successfully end this campaign, ensuring excellent
care for generations to come,” Nichols encouraged.

James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center
Trustee Nancy Putnam provided the highlight of the ceremony when she announced Copley Hospital will name the new Surgical Center in honor of The Reverend James and Mary Louise Carpenter. “It’s a name that reflects a commitment to service above self and a love for this wonderful community,” said Putnam. “The Board, Staff, and patients of Copley are deeply grateful to the anonymous donors who made a $1.6 million transformative gift to Copley in loving memory of the Carpenters.

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.

Also recognized during the ceremony was the Lucy Downing Nisbet Charitable Fund, Bank of America, N.A. Co-Trustee for a grant of $250,000.  Lucy and her husband were longtime benefactors of the hospital in their lifetime and through her planned giving, she continues to help Copley care for the community she loved.

The Copley Hospital Auxiliary was also recognized for the first lead gift and an additional pledge totally $90,000 made using proceeds from the Hospital’s Gift Shop and Second Chance, the Auxiliary’s thrift and consignment shop.

About the Surgical Center
The new Surgical Center is a direct replacement of Copley’s existing services with the goal of addressing space deficiencies and improving patient experience. It is being built off the main entrance, between the main lobby and the Rehabilitation Services, connecting to the back of Outpatient Services. The new center will enhance quality, privacy, and healing and meet current hospital design standards while also helping improve care process efficiencies.

The project involves new construction to build the integrated Surgical Center, renovation to the Outpatient Services Center’s Infusion Suite to create a corridor connecting the Emergency Department and inpatient rooms to the Surgical Center, and modifications to re-purpose the current OR space.

The new integrated Surgical Center 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.

Copley will gain seven (7)  more parking spaces for patients and visitors near the entrance when construction is completed. Traffic flow on and off Copley’s campus will improve thanks to the construction of an exit road circling around the Rehabilitation Services building out toward Lamoille Home Health and Hospice and exiting onto Farr Avenue.

Copley is partnering with architects Freeman French Freeman and the ReArch Company to manage the construction;  JMK is serving as the hospital’s owner representative, managing the project overall. An extensive planning process was utilized, involving physicians, nurses, staff, and patients, with the resulting design the outcome of this planning process.

Patient and Visitor parking will be affected during the initial phase of construction, which includes construction of two new parking lots and the exit road. Temporary parking lots have been created to keep patient and visitor parking near the hospital entrance. Parking for patients and visitors will be clearly marked.

Construction should be fully completed in 18 months, with the anticipated opening of the Surgical Center scheduled for the end of 2017.

To learn more about how you can support Copley’s Campaign for the New Surgical Center, please contact Leah Hollenberger in Copley Hospital’s Development Office at 802-888-8301 or at 528 Washington Highway, Morrisville, VT 05661.  Additional information is available online.