Copley Hospital celebrates generous gift to name new infusion center

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The William B. DeLaney Infusion Center

Vermont Business Magazine Copley Hospital’s expanded Infusion Center, scheduled for completion in spring 2024, will be named The William B. DeLaney Infusion Center after the late Bill DeLaney, a longtime supporter and former patient. DeLaney’s wife, Beverly Vahlteich DeLaney, made the $200,000 gift after learning about the project.

Though Bill and Beverly lived for over 50 years in Cleveland, Ohio, they spent their annual summer vacations in Craftsbury. “Bill counted the days to when we could travel to Vermont,” said Beverly, who shared that as Bill’s health declined, he needed weekly blood transfusions. Beverly says she was relieved to learn that Bill could get his required care at Copley. “Thanks to Copley, a happy decision was made that we’d be able to spend another summer at our favorite place.” When Beverly received a notice about the Infusion Center expansion, she quickly jumped at the opportunity to give back.

The Infusion Center serves 2,500 patients a year with a wide variety of cancer diagnoses and provides chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other targeted therapies under the oversight of oncologist, Dr. David Ospina, who is onsite at Copley Hospital twice a month. The Center also serves patients needing iron infusions, injections, and blood-product transfusions. When complete, the Infusion Center will have three private rooms, three semi-private rooms, and a common gathering space lit by natural light. One important goal of this project is to meet the growing demand from community members – including patients whose oncologists and specialists are based at medical centers outside of Copley’s service area such as UVM and Dartmouth-Hitchcock - to receive the care they need at their local hospital.

Laura Labow, APRN-BC, MSN, AOCNP, who oversees Copley Hospital’s Oncology/Infusion Department with Nurse Practitioner Barbara Matarazzo, sees first-hand how grateful patients and their families are to be able to receive their care close to home. “Being able to continue to provide this care – and to do it in a space that reflects our dedication and creates a more welcoming environment – is something we look forward to. We could not be more grateful to our generous supporters – especially Beverly DeLaney – who share in our vision.”

Engelberth Construction of Colchester – who built The Woodlands at Stowe, Copley’s independent living community – will start work on the project in January.

About Copley Copley is greater Lamoille County’s nonprofit community hospital. Copley provides a unique blend of quality, compassionate, personalized, state-of-the-art medical care in its core services, including emergency services, diagnostic imaging, general surgery and orthopaedics, and women and children’s services, along with access to a variety of medical specialists including cardiology, oncology, sleep medicine and neurology on its campus in Morrisville, Vermont. Copley has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, a HealthStrong hospital, and one of the Top 50 hospitals in New England based on patient satisfaction. For more information, visit https://www.copleyvt.org/

Source: 11.29.2023. Copley Health Systems, Inc. www.copleyvt.org

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