Mercer Health completes expansion, opens Sanderell Family West Wing
What makes a community hospital a community hospital? Some may say it is the number of beds, the geographic location or the g governance structure. At Mercer Health, we think a community hospital is defined by the interwoven lives of friends, families and neighbors and a network of servant hearts and hands compassionately caring for our community.
In order to meet the healthcare needs of our community, an expansion was necessary. In February 2016, that expansion project was announced and the Building on a Promise campaign, which ultimately raised more than $5 million thanks to very generous businesses, organizations and individuals in our community, was launched.
In September 2016, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to recognize the start of the project. In April 2017, construction began and continued through September 2018. On September 21, Mercer Health received temporary occupancy for what is now the Sanderell Family West Wing.
On October 24, 2018, a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration was held in the atrium of the Sanderell Family West Wing. Nearly 2000 community members attended to show their support and take a tour of their new community hospital.
During a tribute to Mercer Health’s past, present and future, Lisa Klenke, CEO, expressed her gratitude.
“This is your hospital – the community’s hospital. We are just fortunate enough to be the caretakers of it right now,” Klenke said. “We are honored to be a part of something of this magnitude that will serve the community and their healthcare needs for generations.”
On October 22, 2018, the Sanderell Family West Wing at Mercer County Community Hospital, which includes an enhanced Outpatient Center, a private Inpatient Center and a state-of-the-art Surgical Center, opened its doors and welcomed its first patient.
At Mercer Health, we have had the opportunity to touch hundreds of thousands of lives in our community. More than a number or a statistic, these are the people, our friends, family and neighbors, who have relied on and can continue to rely on us to be there. The enhancements in surgical services, outpatient services and inpatient care services will adequately allow those servant hearts and hands to continue to compassionately offer service to the community.