Pender Memorial Hospital Invites Community to See What’s New - May 18

May 01, 2013

Renovation Project brings advanced technology while also improving comfort

Burgaw, NC – On Saturday, May 18, Pender Memorial Hospital will invite the community to celebrate the results of the largest capital campaign in its history. The renovation project, made possible through more than $500,000 in contributions from area donors, upgrades technology and provides a more welcoming environment for patients and their families.

“We can’t wait to show our community what’s new at the hospital,” said Ruth Glaser, President of Pender Memorial Hospital. “This is their hospital and so many people have graciously contributed to making it a better place for their neighbors and family to receive care when they need it.”

The hospital is hosting a community event May 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A large tent outside the hospital will provide entertainment and refreshments for families as well as the opportunity to tour some of the new spaces inside.

Improvements include the addition of a new 16-slice CT scanner. CT scanners combine two-dimensional X-ray imaging with computing power to generate detailed cross-section views of the body. Physicians use CT scans to evaluate conditions affecting the lungs, brain and arteries. Each year more than 2,400 patients treated at Pender Memorial Hospital receive a CT scan. Approximately 1,500 of those come in through the Emergency Department.

“The upgrade to a 16-slice CT scanner gives doctors more detailed images, which can be very important to making a fast and accurate diagnosis,” said Walter Whitehurst, MD, Radiologist with Delaney Radiology. “It also means scans can be done more quickly, so patients spend less time on the table and receive less radiation.”

As part of the renovation project, a new and larger room was built for the CT scanner and it was positioned closer to the Emergency Department for quicker access in an emergency.

Outside the Emergency Department, a new reception area provides a larger, brighter and more comfortable space for patients and families. “The Emergency Department reception area was completed in February,” said Glaser. “Our patients are already telling us what a big difference it makes in easing their anxiety when they’re sick or injured.”

The upgrades extend to the main lobby of the hospital. New floors, ceilings, walls, and furniture create a more modern and welcoming environment. The Chapel was also renovated and a new gift shop has been built just off the lobby.

The capital campaign for the renovation project began in June 2012 and was led by Campaign Chairs Mike Taylor and Bernadette Silivanch. “We’re so pleased with the generosity we have seen,” said Taylor. “This community clearly supports its local hospital.”

Gifts were made through the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, a separate, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the programs and services of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Pender Memorial Hospital.

Pender Memorial Hospital (PMH) is an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the region’s tertiary hospital and trauma center. PMH is licensed for a total of 86 beds, including 43 skilled nursing beds for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. It offers inpatient and outpatient surgery, endoscopy, imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation and respiratory services.