Community Comes Together to Support Campaign for Pender Memorial Hospital

June 14, 2012

BURGAW – Recognizing the critical role Pender Memorial Hospital plays in the community, a local foundation has made a $100,000 gift to the hospital. This generous gift helps kick-off a campaign to upgrade technology and renovate a large section of the hospital to improve patient care and comfort.

Pender Memorial Hospital has plans to upgrade its CT technology and move the scanner to a larger space closer to the emergency department, where it is often needed to quickly assess patients with traumatic injuries or illnesses. Additionally, the hospital will upgrade its lobby area to make it more comfortable, improve registration, add a gift shop, and provide handicapped-accessible rest rooms.

The $100,000 gift, along with other grants from foundations from across the region and state, have brought the campaign more than half-way to the $500,000 needed for the project.

“The community support has been wonderful,” said Ruth Glaser, President of Pender Memorial Hospital. “We appreciate the work our campaign committee is doing to spread the word and generate even more interest and funding for the project.”

Local resident Mike Taylor and Pender Memorial Hospital board member Bernadette Silivanch are leading the campaign committee, which also include local physicians, business leaders and elected officials.

“The hospital is important to all of us,” said Taylor. “I’ve seen, through our own family’s experience, why it’s critical to have this resource. We need to do all we can to continuously improve the hospital and its technology.”

The campaign committee includes Dayna Corcoran, Joseph Cooper, MD, Pete Cowan, Gay Johnson, Terry Milam, John Monroe, Naseem Nasrallaah, MD, Amy Brown North, F.D. Rivenbark, Bernadette Silivanch, Pamela Smith, MD, Mike Taylor, and Joyce Wooten.

Pender Memorial Hospital is a community hospital in the heart of Burgaw, NC. Designated a Critical Access Hospital because of its distance from other hospitals, Pender Memorial fulfills an important role for its neighbors. It’s here that they can find convenient access to emergency, diagnostic, rehabilitation and surgical services as well as inpatient care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care.

Pender Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the region’s tertiary hospital and trauma center. Together, the hospitals have made significant investments in improving the services and technology available to local residents. Upgrades to the operating rooms, emergency department, and inpatient rooms have all been made in recent years thanks to the support of NHRMC. Physicians and staff at all levels also work together to collaborate on clinical protocols and processes to ensure care between organizations is as seamless as possible.

Although Pender Memorial Hospital is a public hospital owned by Pender County, it receives no local tax support to fund its operations or the charitable care provided to those unable to pay.

“Providing exceptional medical care here where patients need it is a high priority for us,” said Joseph Cooper, MD, Pender Memorial Hospital Chief of Staff. “We are confident our neighbors will also see the importance of giving to this campaign to advance the care that’s available for them and their loved ones here in the community.”