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Anderson Hospital unveils new private patient unit


andersonprivateunitLeft to right are donors of gifts $25,000 and higher: Dr. Thomas Hill (representing Radiology Group), Keith and Kelly Page, Dr. Charles Lane (representing Anderson Medical Staff), Marcia Billhartz, Dr. Chris Richter (regional director for ECI Healthcare Partners), Ralph Korte, Linda Cassens, Addie Hall (representing Anderson Hospital Auxiliary) and Mark Shashek.

MARYVILLE – Anderson Hospital’s long-term-planning for private patient rooms has come to fruition. With years of careful planning, the new unit was unveiled this week at a special Anderson Hospital Foundation event.

This $7.2 million project required the partnership of the community, as Anderson undertook a $1 million capital campaign to offset a portion of the costs.

“The Anderson Hospital Foundation has reached out to numerous individuals and businesses in our community and asked them to help support the Private Rooms Capital Campaign,” said Amy Roller, Capital Campaign coordinator for the Foundation. “The generosity with which we have been met is incredible.” Thanks to these donors, the hospital was more than able to reach the halfway point of its $1 million goal.

Recently, area native and philanthropist, Marcia Billhartz, contributed a transformational gift of $500,000 which helped exceed the goal. Her gift established a name for this new unit, to be known as the Warren & Marcia Billhartz Unit. In 2007, Mrs. Billhartz paid tribute to her late husband Warren, a local community leader and philanthropist, by donating a $1 million to Anderson’s cancer center, which was named the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center.

The new patient unit is made up of 21 state-of-the-art, private, patient rooms created with staff and patient input.

“Anderson Hospital’s private rooms have been carefully designed to meet the needs and expectations of our staff, patients and their families,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, chief nursing officer. “We’ve gone to great lengths to create a patient room experience that emphasizes comfort and safety.”

“Next year, Anderson Hospital will celebrate its 40th anniversary,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital president and CEO. “I can’t think of a better gift to our community than these private rooms to celebrate that milestone.”

While the new patient unit is set to open in October, renovations to convert the existing patient rooms to private rooms will continue through early 2017.

“We will continue to raise money for the Private Rooms Campaign to help support several areas within this project that remain to be completed and will extend into 2017,” said Roller. “We will ask the people of our community to help support Anderson Hospital in this endeavor.”

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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