Corbett Celebrates Somerset-Area Women’s Health Access Initiative; Tours
Somerset Hospital Women’s Health Services and Emergency Facilities
Somerset – Governor Tom Corbett today
visited Somerset Hospital to celebrate its efforts to address women’s health
and emergency services in the area, made possible through a $3 million Economic
Growth Initiative grant announced earlier this year.
“This is a
prime example of government and local communities working together to address
the needs of the people,” Corbett said. “Somerset Hospital identified the
increasing need to address women’s health and emergency services in the area
and the commonwealth responded with the resources to make the hospital’s vision
to reach this population a reality.”
is great news for people of Somerset County. In rural areas, we have seen
a decline in access to important women’s health services. Somerset
Hospital is now poised to provide the care so desperately needed to the women
and children of Somerset,” Corbett added.
Economic Growth Initiative grant is supporting the renovation of both the
women’s health and emergency facilities of the hospital. Included is a
newly renovated women’s health and obstetrics unit, which will include a level
II, neonatal intensive care nursery (ICN). The ICN will provide care to
infants born with illness or prematurity. Renovations to the emergency
department will add another 2,000 square feet of space, creating a facility for
women and children in need of emergency care following assault or abuse. The
facility will incorporate state of the art technology, including potential
telemedicine capabilities that enable expert consultation during complex or
emergency situations and will enhance the delivery of care to patients.
delighted to have Governor Corbett with us today,” said Craig Saylor, CEO of
Somerset. “His administration’s efforts to address the needs of Pennsylvanians’
access to quality healthcare are working. With the state’s assistance, Somerset
Hospital can invest in two critical service lines, obstetrics and emergency
medicine, both of which are important community assets.”
As part of
his visit, Corbett toured recently renovated areas of the hospital that serve
as the template for further enhancements.
renovation plan for Somerset’s women’s health and emergency medicine
departments will create a state of the art environment, which assists Somerset
Hospital in ongoing efforts to recruit physician and clinical talent to the
area. Somerset Hospital is the largest employer in the Borough of Somerset, and
a regional economic engine, employing over 850 full time equivalent positions.
Economic Growth Initiative is an administration-sponsored economic development
program that provides local communities with grants for the acquisition and construction of economic, cultural, civic,
and historical improvement projects.
information, visit www.pa.gov.
contact: Jay Pagni,