JEFFERSON —Ashe Memorial Hospital received the last piece of funding needed to renovate their emergency department on Thursday, Nov. 19.
That’s thanks to a $25,000 donation from Carolina West Wireless.
“We couldn’t have renovated this emergency department without the support from colleagues and businesses like Carolina West,” Laura Lambeth, AMH Chief Executive Officer, said.
AMH held a reception Thursday as a thank you to Carolina West Wireless with CEO Slayton Stewart, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jackie Mallory and Director of Marketing Todd Elledge present.
According to Lambeth, Stewart didn’t hesitate in his decision to help the hospital with funding.
“Were excited to be in a position to be able to contribute and help the community,” Stewart said. “We always look for opportunities to give back to the community and be a good corporate citizen, especially efforts that can impact a broader range of the community such as a hospital emergency room. We’re excited to be able to participate and give some money to help the hospital.”
Stewart also commended the hospital on it’s progress in recent years.
“It’s been pretty impressive with the renovations I’ve seen and what Laura’s been able to do,” Stewart said. “It’s exciting.”
$1.9 million project
The emergency department renovation has been years in the making with funding for the $1.9 million project coming from grants and contributions from the community that have provided support for the project.
Three years ago, the Hospital Foundation’s annual campaign raised $123,000 for the emergency department renovation and Ashe Memorial has received multiple grants including $25,000 as part of a Blue Ridge Electric Impact Grant, $946,152 from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $150,000 from the Cannon Foundation.
Most recently, AMH received a $25,000 donation from SkyLine Membership Corporation in September.
First renovations since 1991
The hospital’s emergency department has not been renovated since 1991 and Ashe Memorial employees said they hope the makeover will help centralize patient rooms for nurses and provide more efficient care to patients.
According to Emergency Department Nurse Manager Kina Jones, the department’s nursing staff and physicians have had a lot of input on the final design. Jones said the staff has been meeting with an architect once a month for the last six months to vocalize what parts of the design will work and which won’t.
Jones said the design will include more rooms which will be larger and private and the nurse’s station will be closer to patients.
“That’s going to be a big plus,” Jones said.
Jones said that where there is excitement, there is also some fear as the emergency department will be temporarily limited to the number of beds they have open due to the renovations.
“It’s going to be trying, but it’s going to be well worth it in the end,” Jones said. “So, well make it through it.”
According to Lambeth, renovations are expected to start on Dec. 7 and will take approximately 10 months to complete.
“It’s going to be much better,” Jones said. “Everyone is really excited about it.”
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.