First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania recently contributed a leadership gift to Susquehanna Health's Continuing the Innovation capital campaign through the Williamsport Lycoming Impact Fund.
Since the Impact Fund's creation in 2002, the fund has granted $1,975,000. The fund was established to accumulate unrestricted funds for programs and projects with a high community impact.
Jennifer Wilson, foundation president, said, "The foundation is proud to support Susquehanna Health in this important capital project. Improved access to quality health care is among the greatest needs in our community and this exciting expansion allows us to impact thousands of residents through a single grant."
The $650,000 grant will be used for the renovation and expansion of the Muncy Valley Hospital emergency department.
In the past five years patient visits have increased from 11,000 to 16,000 per year, and the current facilities originally were built to treat only 6,000.
Plans for the project include replacing the emergency department's five curtained bays with 14 private treatment rooms. The rooms will enhance patient privacy, improve infection control and reduce noise. Another new feature is the addition of specialty areas for trauma, resuscitation, decontamination and behavioral health evaluation.
The grant will continue the mission of the foundation to create powerful communities through passionate giving. The foundation previously supported Susquehanna Health with a significant grant for the Williamsport Regional Medical Center's emergency department and inspired community giving locally for health care.