A hospital in Syracuse is preparing to expand its emergency department thanks to a hefty donation from a wealthy local businessman.
According to Syracuse.com, Crouse Hospital will be naming its new emergency department after William Pomeroy as thanks for a donation he made to help with renovation costs.
Pomeroy, a Lafayette resident who is the founder and CEO of CXtec and TERACAI, donated the funds (the amount of which is undisclosed) on behalf of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Pomeroy and his wife, Sandra, previously donated money to expand Crouse’s nursing school several years ago.
Paula Miller, executive director of the couple’s foundation, said that the Pomeroys have strong ties to Crouse Hospital. When William Pomeroy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in Oct. 2004, he received care at Crouse. Now, Sandra Pomeroy is a board member of the Crouse Health Foundation.
The Crouse emergency department will be expanded from 12,300 sq. ft. to a staggering 35,000 sq. ft. when construction is completed. New additions to the emergency department will include a critical decision unit, in addition to PromptCare, an urgent care center currently located across the street from the hospital.
Building a space for PromptCare inside the hospital will greatly benefit both staff and patients. About 90% of urgent care centers are open until 7 p.m. or later on weeknights, which helps quell patient overflow and provide emergency treatment in a time-efficient manner.
Syracuse.com also recently reported on a new urgent care center in Clay that opened in February. Five Star Urgent Care, which has three other locations in Syracuse, is exceeding industry standards by offering treatment until 11 p.m. on weeknights.
While PromptCare’s treatment availability has not yet been announced, its hours will likely also extend into the night due to its convenient location within Crouse Hospital. Most of these details will not be known until construction commences.
Crouse plans to start construction for the emergency department expansion sometime in April, with an estimated completion date of 2018. In total, the expansion will cost approximately $38.1 million.