Evangelical Community Hospital Granted Funds for PRIME

October 03, 2018


Evangelical Community Hospital was recently awarded a grant of $46,606 from the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP). The funds are designated to support the Hospital’s Enhancing the Evangelical Experience Campaign, a comprehensive campaign that will provide philanthropic support for the Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement (PRIME) project, as well as, support for vital programs that serve the community.

“We are so grateful to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and to Ralph and Josephine Smith for setting up a fund that will support our efforts to strengthen our services to the community,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital.

PRIME is the largest expansion project the Hospital has taken on in its history. In the spring of 2018, Evangelical unveiled plans to build a 112,000-square-foot, four-story expansion and renovate 20,000 square feet of existing space with the aim of moving to single patient rooms and private baths. The project will not impact the total number of licensed beds at the Hospital.

Private rooms bring the benefit of better infection control for patients, afford patients a better opportunity to rest and recover, and allow for more private communication between the provider, patient, and their family members.

Beyond aesthetics, the rooms have been designed to give physicians, nurses, technicians, and other team members the space they need to provide efficient care in an appropriate setting.

“This gift from the Foundation, along with others,  will help the Hospital secure the financial resources required for the PRIME project and operations of vital services,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President of Development. “These vital dollars represent not only needed financial support, but even more, the community’s unwavering support of accessible, quality healthcare in our region.”

Grants from the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund are available yearly to four designated organizations that serve Northumberland County:  the Warrior Run Library, Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger  Home Health and Hospice, and the Turbotville Community Hall Corporation. In addition, the fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors from the Warrior Run School District. 

To be part of the Enhancing the Evangelical Experience Campaign, contact the Evangelical Development Department at 570-522-2685 or visit www.evanhospital.com/support.

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