Thanks in part to longtime supporter Marcia Billhartz, a new Anderson Hospital unit featuring 10 private patient rooms opened Monday, Nov. 12. The unit, named in honor of Billhartz’s parents and family, is known as The Elmer and Connie Allan Family Unit.
The private rooms offer a retreat to patients seeking reduced noise, more rest and an increased level of comfort.
All private patient rooms at Anderson:
• Increase privacy for patients to discuss care with their physicians and nurses
• Allow the care team to bring medical services and technology to the bedside
• Have been proven to reduce infections
• Minimize stress and improve sleep as well as healing
• Reduce noise for a more restful environment
• Allow for patient and family to visit freely
• Are at no additional cost to patients
The addition of the unit also facilitated the transition of 10 semi-private patient rooms to private rooms on the 3rd Medical/Surgical unit. While some semi-private rooms exist for high-census periods, the majority of patient rooms at Anderson Hospital are now private.
Anderson Hospital’s long-term-planning for private patient rooms came to fruition in 2016 with the announcement of a $7.2 million project that required the partnership of the community, as Anderson undertook a $1 million capital campaign to offset a portion of the costs.
Billhartz, an area native and philanthropist, contributed a transformational gift of $500,000 which helped exceed the goal. Her gift established a name for the new unit, to be known as the Warren & Marcia Billhartz Unit. In 2007, Marcia Billhartz paid tribute to her late husband Warren, a local community leader and philanthropist, by donating a $1 million to the cancer center.
PHOTO: Marcia (Allan) Billhartz (seated center) with siblings Marybeth (back row, third from left), Terry (far right) and Ed (far left).