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Finish Line in Sight for Lebanon Hospital Campaign

By Ian Rollins

The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is close to finishing its $2 million capital campaign toward the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency, Surgery and Same Day Care departments.

As of the start of October, the foundation had a remaining $115,000 to raise, at which point the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will close out the campaign with a $150,000 top-off grant.

The foundation is specifically looking to raise $50,000 through the annual Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign, currently underway through the month of October. Hospital staff pledged more than $50,000 toward the project in the 2016 campaign, and the hospital named one of the treatment rooms in honor of the staff. The hospital will name a second room for the staff if they pledge $50,000 in the 2017 campaign.

The expansion project is currently in the second phase of the Emergency Department expansion. The hospital opened eight new treatment rooms and a new waiting area in August, and construction crews are demolishing and remodeling the previous treatment rooms in two phases.

“Our patients and staff love the new space,” said Lee Weickum, Emergency Department assistant manager. “I’ve had patients tell me, ‘you guys have really needed this.’ And my staff and I are excited for the great space we’re going to have when it’s done.”

Completion is scheduled for spring 2018. At that point, the Emergency Department will feature 21 private treatment rooms, including two trauma rooms and three rooms for patients needing extra supervision.

Previous phases included construction of new Surgery and Same Day Surgery departments, featuring two large operating suites, a procedure room and 14 private patient waiting rooms.

For more information about the foundation’s campaign, call Betty Koehn at 541-451-7063 or Christy Duncan 541-451-6303.