William Newton Hospital is commemorating its recent expansion with a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation Surgery Center at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The event will start on the north side of the hospital at 1300 E. Fifth Ave. in Winfield.
“This expansion demonstrates William Newton Hospital is a model for success in rural healthcare,” hospital CEO Ben Quinton said. “We will honor the donors, trustees, providers, employees, volunteers, and community members who made this possible.”
U.S Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, is slated to address hospital guests.
“Senator Moran helps champion healthcare in our state and nation,” Quinton said. “We welcome him to Winfield and thank him for his assistance in obtaining state tax credits to fund the cath lab.”
The celebration completes phase one of six for a master facilities plan and capital campaign coined the ‘Second Century Campaign’ to coincide with the hospital’s approaching 100-year milestone.
A special announcement will be made detailing the single largest philanthropic contribution to the William Newton Healthcare Foundation to date.
“The grand opening will not only celebrate the gifts we’ve received throughout the campaign, but provide a platform to share this unprecedented news and the story behind it,” remarks Annika Morris, foundation director.
Finishing phase one
The northeast corner of the hospital has been the phase one focus and began with a groundbreaking in August of 2018. The expansion included an orthopaedic operating room, pre/post-operative care units, cardiovascular catheterization laboratory (or ‘cath lab’), chapel, and two waiting areas.
Materials management, central sterile, and pharmacy were also relocated and renovated to create space for the surgery center.
Prior to the expansion, patients were transported back and forth between surgery and ambulatory care units located across the hospital and on separate floors. All surgery services are now centralized.
“Patients have more privacy before and after surgery, said operating room manager Lindsey King. “Everything is connected and is more efficient for surgical staff, anesthesia providers, and surgeons.”
The H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation Surgery Center began providing patient care in early January, with the first cath lab patient treated on January 15.
The Second Century Campaign raised a total of $4.6 million during phase one. As of December 31, 2019, the campaign has garnered $500,000 pledged by the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation, $688,000 pledged by Winfield Economic Development and local businesses, $250,000 pledged by the William Newton Hospital Auxiliary, $133,000 pledged by hospital and foundation board members, and $227,943 pledged by physicians and hospital employees.