Lauren Pledges $1 Million to UH Emergency Center

From left, Dr. Jeffrey Cameron, medical director of the Union Hospital Emergency Department; Bruce James, president and CEO of Union Hospital; Kevin Gray, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Lauren International; and Monte Ball, director of fund development for Union Hospital.

Lauren International in New Philadelphia has contributed $1 million to help fund the construction of the new Union Hospital Emergency Center.

Officials of the Dover hospital have announced that the new facility will be named the “Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.”

“Lauren International has always been passionate about growth in our community, and is delighted to announce our donation to the Union Hospital Emergency Center construction project,” said Kevin Gray, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Lauren International. “We are fortunate to have high quality emergency care right in our own back yards, and we are excited to see the ongoing support from the community and our employees for this vital project.”

Construction of the new $17.7-million Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center will begin soon and will be located next to the main entrance of the current hospital Emergency Department.

The 38,000-square-foot center is expected to be fully operational in early 2016 and will be a key component of the hospital’s effort to meet the community’s growing healthcare needs, said Bruce James, president and chief executive officer of Union Hospital.

“This is a wonderful gift from one of our leading corporate citizens,” said James. “Lauren and its employees clearly recognize the value of emergency medical services, not only for themselves and their families, but for all who call Tuscarawas County their home. When completed in 2016, the new Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center will be positioned to serve this community’s emergency medical needs for decades to come.”

Lauren International, headquartered in New Philadelphia, operates eight companies with locations across Ohio, Michigan and around the globe. Lauren and its employees have been strong supporters of Union Hospital over the past six decades.

The hospital has launched a public capital fund-raising campaign to help with the cost of building the new Emergency Center. Monte Ball, the hospital’s director of fund development, said the hospital has established a $5-million fund-raising goal for the campaign and that the hospital is very thankful for the generous gift from Lauren International.

“We cannot thank Kevin Gray and the committed staff members of Lauren International enough for this generous donation to kick off the public phase of the fund-raising campaign for the new Emergency Center,” Ball said. “This gift not only is significant to the overall campaign goal, but also demonstrates the tremendous corporate partnership that the hospital has with the business community in the Tuscarawas Valley.”

The new Emergency Center will include an expanded floor plan, more than doubling the size of the current 15,000-square-foot facility. It will house 38 patient treatment rooms and have a floor plan designed for improved operating efficiency and a better patient experience.

The new Emergency Center also will feature major treatment and trauma rooms, isolation rooms, a bariatric room and dedicated OB/GYN room with extra privacy.

Originally constructed in 1995, the current Emergency Department was designed to accommodate an estimated 33,000 patient visits each year. In 2013, the Emergency Department saw more than 42,000 patients and patient volume growth is expected to continue in the years ahead.

Ball said those interested in making a gift or multi-year pledge to the Emergency Center Capital Campaign, or who would like more information, should call him at (330) 602-0789 or contact him via e-mail at monteb@unionhospital.org. Ball also is available to give presentations about the project to area businesses, clubs and organizations.

To stay up to date on the construction and progress of the Emergency Center, visit www.unionhospital.org/emergencycenter or the Union Hospital Emergency Center Facebook page.

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