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Alle-Kiski Medical Center Celebrates Opening of New, State-of-the-Art Emergency Department

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Natrona Heights, Pa., (October 21, 2010) - Alle-Kiski Medical Center (AKMC) today opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art and greatly expanded Emergency Department. Officials from AKMC, the AKMC Trust and the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) will join local, state and Federal officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tour of the facility beginning at 2 p.m. The ceremony will include a dedication of the Department in the name of Tarentum natives Joseph and Kathleen Guyuax who generously donated to the building fund. 

In response to an overwhelming need for expanded emergency and urgent care services, AKMC embarked on a $15.6 million Emergency and Urgent Care Services Expansion and Renovation project. The hospital has averaged more than 38,000 emergency visits annually to a facility originally built to accommodate 20,000 patient visits. The 20,000 square foot addition to the Emergency Department involved seven phases of construction and doubled its capacity from 10 to 24 treatment rooms.

The new Department’s capabilities include:
• Fast-track system for Urgent Care
• Physician team triage
• Bedside registration
• Seclusion and observation rooms for psychiatric patients
• Centralized nursing stations
• Decontamination area
• Expanded ambulance bay area
• A separate waiting area for patients and families

According to Jerry Taylor, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine Services at AKMC, the Emergency Department’s completion is great news for the community who turn to the hospital for emergency and urgent care. “The newly expanded and renovated department will offer many benefits to our patients and their families. We are very excited to have a state-of-the-art space in which to provide the quality emergency and urgent care that our patients know they can expect from AKMC.”

The project also included renovation of existing hospital space, including the lobby, registration area, gift shop and information desk, and expansion of the hospital’s front entrance.

Ned Laubacher, President and CEO at AKMC said, “The renovation has renewed and invigorated our hospital. The new front lobby and Emergency Department are well designed, clean and beautiful. We have been recognized nationally for our clinical quality excellence. Now, with new state-of-the-art equipment and expanded space we have created an optimal environment for our physicians and staff to further enhance the quality of care we provide to this community.”

The AKMC Trust has been actively engaged in a fund development campaign since 2005 to raise capital for the project. In addition to the hospital’s own financial commitment, the campaign secured pledges from members of the community, medical staff, employees and volunteers and to date, has raised over $5.6 million. The AVH Auxiliary has a long history of raising money for the hospital. Their contribution to the project is presently over $340,000.

“I’m pleased that the AKMC Trust was able to play such an integral role in making the Emergency Department renovation and expansion a reality. I would like to thank all of our generous donors, because their support made this project possible,” said Ginger Taylor, Chair of the AKMC Trust Board of Trustees.

State Representative Frank Dermody’s advocacy efforts with the General Assembly and Governor Rendell helped secure a $2.5 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. In addition, U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-4) presented AKMC with a $355,000 check in federal funding for the project in 2008.

AKMC’s Emergency Department is named in honor of Joseph “Skip” & Kathleen Celko Guyaux, for their charitable donation to the project. The Guyaux’s gift of $400,000 represents the largest ever presented to AKMC from a foundation or individual. Joseph and Kathleen both grew up in Tarentum and value the importance of having a quality health care facility in the area. “We’ve met and known many people affiliated with AKMC who have served our families with qualified and compassionate care. With that, it was an easy decision for us to support AKMC’s state-of-the-art Emergency Department knowing that it will continue to help the people of this area for many years to come,” said Kathleen Guyaux.

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