The Timken Foundation of Canton has contributed $60,000 toward the construction of the new Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.
In recognition of the gift of support, two rooms especially designed and equipped for emergency OB/GYN patients will be named in honor of the Timken Foundation.
“This is another heartwarming and wonderful gift from one of the region’s most recognizable community members,” said Bruce James, president and chief executive officer of Union Hospital. “Everyone at Union Hospital is truly humbled by and grateful for the support we have received from the community as we watch the dream of the new Emergency Center becoming reality.”
The 38,000-square-foot, $17.7-million Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center is currently under construction next to the entrance of the hospital’s current Emergency Department. The new Emergency Center is expected to be fully operational next summer and is a key component of the hospital’s mission to meet the community’s growing healthcare needs, James said.
“The Timken family continues to reinvest in the communities where associates of The Timken Company live and work, and where family donations can positively impact the most people,” said Marty Hallman, plant manager for the company’s New Philadelphia bearing plant and who delivered the news of the donation to Union Hospital on behalf of the Foundation. “Union Hospital has a tremendous positive impact on our community in the Tuscarawas Valley, and we’re pleased that the Timken Foundation supported this valuable project.”
Union 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 fund-raising goal of $5 million and is more than halfway to that goal.
“We are very grateful to the Timken Foundation for its financial support,” Ball said. “They join many of our area families, businesses and foundations that have given to this vital project.”
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 is designed for improved operating efficiency and a better patient experience. It also will feature major treatment and trauma rooms, isolation rooms, a bariatric room and the OB/GYN rooms.
“Both of my children were born premature and I completely understand the need for a diverse, critical care facility like this in our community,” said Heather Thomas, human resources coordinator at the New Philadelphia plant of The Timken Co. “It is a pleasure for Timken to be associated with Union Hospital.”
Kim Falen, human resources manager at the New Philadelphia plant of The Timken Co., said that supporting worthwhile community projects is a very important part of the company’s investment in the Tuscarawas Valley.
“We look for projects in the area that are worthwhile for all of the residents of the Tuscarawas Valley,” Falen said. “The Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center project certainly meets that criteria.”
The Timken Foundation of Canton is a private, charitable, family foundation begun in 1934. It has contributed more than $350 million in grants, primarily in communities in which The Timken Co. has operations.
Ball said those interested in making a gift or multi-year pledge to the hospital’s Emergency Center Capital Campaign, or who would like more information, should call him at (330) 602-0789 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ball also is available to make presentations about the project to area businesses, clubs and organizations.
To stay up to date on the construction and progress of the Emergency Center project, visit www.unionhospital.org/emergencycenter or the Union Hospital Emergency Center page on Facebook.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).