Governor Announces Grant for Somerset Hospital

By WTAJ News

Published 05/12 2014 01:03PM

Updated 05/12 2014 01:06PM

Somerset – Governor Tom Corbett today visited Somerset Hospital to celebrate its efforts to address women’s health and emergency services in the area, made possible through a $3 million Economic Growth Initiative grant announced earlier this year.

The Economic Growth Initiative grant is supporting the renovation of both the women’s health and emergency facilities of the hospital.  Included is a newly renovated women’s health and obstetrics unit, which will include a level II, neonatal intensive care nursery (ICN).  The ICN will provide care to infants born with illness or prematurity. Renovations to the emergency department will add another 2,000 square feet of space, creating a facility for women and children in need of emergency care following assault or abuse. The facility will incorporate state of the art technology, including potential telemedicine capabilities that enable expert consultation during complex or emergency situations and will enhance the delivery of care to patients.

As part of his visit, Corbett toured recently renovated areas of the hospital that serve as the template for further enhancements. 

The renovation plan for Somerset’s women’s health and emergency medicine departments will create a state of the art environment, which assists Somerset Hospital in ongoing efforts to recruit physician and clinical talent to the area. Somerset Hospital is the largest employer in the Borough of Somerset, and a regional economic engine, employing over 850 full time equivalent positions.

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