UCV Hospital completes renovations

UCVH new emergency wingUpper Connecticut Valley Hospital new emergency wing. (COURTESY PHOTO)

COLEBROOK — The Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital has received the last contribution specifically earmarked for its capital campaign, raising a total of $950,953 for enhancements to the emergency department and expanded rehabilitation and physician specialty services. In just over one year, this exceeds the initial campaign goal of $950,000.

This is Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital’s first capital campaign in 17 years, which rallied businesses, community members and employees alike to help support the more than 3,000 square feet of upgrades to the facility.

“We couldn’t be more excited to deliver on our promise of high quality health care to the people of Northern New Hampshire,” President Scott Colby said. “This capital campaign allowed us to more than double the size of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Departments, and allows us to serve more patients with advancements in medical technology, patient care practices and community outreach services.”

Through a major gift of $425,000 from Susan Nash and Nash Equipment, Inc., Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital was able to break-ground on the renovations in October of 2016, to ensure the project was completed within 12 months. Altogether, 160 donors contributed to the capital campaign, uniting the community around the pursuit of excellence in safety, quality, patient satisfaction, compassionate healthcare delivery, and much-needed infrastructure improvements. Employees and volunteers also supported the capital campaign through a Hospital Bed Race game.

“No amount was too small,” Patricia Vargas said. “Our Staff Capital Campaign is not about a dollar amount, it is about employees and volunteers being proud and supportive of the expansion and renovation of our hospital.”

An anonymous donor also offered a matching gift challenge of $25 for each employee contribution, resulting in strong participation of the hospital’s full-time, part-time, temporary, traveling staff and volunteers giving to the cause.

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital is a 16-bed critical care hospital that has continued to serve Colebrook, Northern Coos County and neighboring communities in Maine and Vermont with trusted medical care for more than 40 years.