James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center Open for Tours; First Surgery Scheduled for June 26
Morrisville –Almost three (3) years to the day after announcing plans to build a new Surgical Center, Copley Hospital in Morrisville will celebrate the opening of the James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and tour the new facility at 5 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Governor Phil Scott will speak at the ceremony.
Copley Hospital announced on June 25, 2014 that it had filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Green Mountain Care Board seeking approval to build the new surgical center at a cost of $12.5 million on its Morrisville campus. A capital campaign is underway to raise $3.2 million in community support, with the remainder of the project being paid for with working capital and a loan. Ground was broken on May 25, 2016 and the work progressed quickly, thanks in part to good weather throughout the winter, resulting in the Surgical Center opening several months earlier than anticipated.
The James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center at Copley Hospital under construction last year. The first surgery is scheduled for June 26. Copley photo.
“We are grateful to our community for the tremendous support they have shown our community hospital,” said Art Mathisen, Copley Hospital CEO. “We are excited to offer a surgical facility that matches our excellent patient care. The James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center will enable Copley to make every patient’s path through care as comfortable and seamless as it can be, with facilities designed for comfort and efficiency.”
The new Carpenter Surgical Center replaces the existing operating rooms which were built nearly 40 years ago. The new facility 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. The Carpenter Surgical Center is located off the hospital’s main lobby; just inside the hospital’s Main Entrance and directly across from the Emergency Department.
“June 21st will be an exciting day for Copley Hospital and our community,” says Elaine “Lainie” Nichols, Chair of Copley Hospital’s Board of Trustees and of the Capital Campaign for the New Surgical Center. “It’s important we help Copley keep up with technology, with facilities that meet present-day standards. It is about building our community’s future. This Surgical Center is vital to the long-term economic well-being of Copley, our community and the state. I am so proud of what we as a community have accomplished.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony in 2016, Nichols announced that the hospital’s capital campaign already had raised more than $2.7 million – 86% of the $3.2 million goal during its “quiet phase,” which began in May of 2013. A campaign update will be provided at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center
“The Board, Staff, and patients of Copley are deeply grateful to the anonymous donors who made a transformative gift to Copley in loving memory of Rev. James and Dr. Mary Louise Carpenter,” says Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital Vice President of Community Relations. “Naming the Surgical Center in honor of Jim and Mary Louise reflects their commitment to service above self and their love for this wonderful community.”
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.
Parking and Traffic Pattern Change
Copley has gained seven (7) more parking spaces for patients and visitors near the hospital lobby. Traffic flow on and off Copley’s campus is improved 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.
The completion of the new Carpenter Surgical Center marks the first, and most extensive, phase of the project. Renovations to the outpatient Infusion Suite and repurposing of the space currently used by Surgical Services for the Birthing Center and to expand the Cafeteria are the next two phases of this three-phase project. Renovation to Copley’s Infusion Suite and surrounding Area begins July 5th and is expected to run through August 31st. During this time, the Infusion Suite will be relocated to the 2nd floor, in what was formerly the Pre-Op Suite. Patient care will not be affected. The entire construction project should be completed by the end of 2017.
Copley continues its partnership with architects Freeman French Freeman and the ReArch Company to manage the construction with assistance from L&N Engineering.
Copley Hospital is greater Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the area’s largest employers. 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, general surgery, and oncology, on its campus in Morrisville. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.