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Copley Hospital Proposes Building New Surgical Suite

May 5, 2014

Certificate of Need Application Filed with Green Mountain Care Board

Morrisville –Copley Hospital has filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Green Mountain Care Board seeking approval to build a new surgical suite on its Morrisville campus. The proposed building will cost $12.5 million. A CON application is required for proposed hospital projects costing more than $3 million.

“Copley Hospital is one of our region’s treasures: a close-to-home medical center that delivers warm, personal care and is one of the nation’s top 100 Critical Access Hospitals,” said Nancy Putnam, chair of the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees. “The surgical facilities are its working heart – and Copley’s operating rooms were last updated in 1979. Our superb surgical team delivers top-quality outcomes, but they are coping with severely cramped spaces not suited for today’s complex, technology-assisted procedures. The new suite will enable Copley to make every patient’s path through care as comfortable and seamless as it can be, with facilities designed for workflow efficiency and the best in community medicine.”

The new Surgical Suite will be a direct replacement of existing services with the goal of addressing space deficiencies and improving patient experience. The project includes three (3) operating rooms, two (2) procedure rooms, 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 plans to build the new surgical suite off the main entrance, tucked in between the main lobby and the Rehabilitation Services building, and connecting to the back of Outpatient Services.

“We’ve worked carefully on this project to combine quality of care with Copley’s tradition of strong financial stewardship,” said Mel Patashnick, president of Copley Hospital. The hospital will cover the bulk of the project with working capital and a loan. A capital campaign is underway for $3.2 million in community support.
Copley’s facilities are one of the oldest in the state. Copley continuously upgrades equipment and technology, but the lack of space has created inefficiencies. For the past several years, Copley has focused on responsible investment in the master facility as determined by the health needs of the community. Since 2008, the hospital has renovated a portion of its Outpatient Services Center, upgraded its utility plant, and renovated its Emergency Department to provide patients a facility that promotes optimal outcomes and smooth efficiency.

Copley Hospital is greater Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the area’s largest employers. It has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for three years in a row and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in New England based on patient satisfaction. Copley’s core services include: women’s and children’s health services, emergency services, general surgery, orthopedics, and diagnostic services including imaging and labs, along with access to a variety of medical specialists including cardiology, oncology, sleep medicine, and urology on its campus in Morrisville. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.