HORNELL, N.Y. – St. James Hospital officially cut the ribbon on the new connector building and courtyard patio today. These projects were funded through a $1.2 million capital campaign, separate from the $55 million New York State funding to build the new Hospital.
The now open 70’ by 10’ enclosed walkway allows patients, visitors, and staff to safely and comfortably travel between the Medical Office Building and Hospital, without stepping outside. The 1,600 ft2 patio courtyard is accessible from the Hospital Café and equipped with comfortable, well-spaced seating for up to sixty people, with bluestone pavers and decorative planters.
The St. James Hospital Board, organization leaders, and donors presided over the ceremony. Remarks were made by Hospital Board Chairperson, Shawn Hogan, Vice-Chairperson Pete Wall, and interim CEO Wendy Disbrow. “At UR Medicine St. James Hospital we are always striving to improve upon the patient experience. With the advent of the connector building between the Hospital and Medical Office Building, we continue to put patients and employees first. Many thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who through their generosity made this all possible.” said Shawn Hogan, Hospital Board Chair.
Pete Wall, Hospital Board Vice-Chairperson remarked “Community members and organizations provided tremendous support for these projects. We were fortunate to receive major donations from several key donors and foundations, as well as many individual gifts from friends of St. James Hospital”. Lastly Interim CEO Wendy Disbrow mentioned “We at St. James Hospital are very grateful for the continued community support that allows our hospital to improve our patient experience. Our generous supporters allow us the opportunity to continue to provide excellent care and we truly appreciate all that they do to demonstrate their faith in our health system and our staff.”
As of Friday, May 13th the connector building and courtyard are available for the public and patients to enjoy.