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November 7, 2013

Expansion, fund drive on tap for Indiana hospital

INDIANA — An expansion and major fund drive will mark the beginning of Indiana Regional Medical Center’s 100th year, leaders announced.

“As the state of health care continues to evolve in the country, we at IRMC have an obligation to our patients and our community to continue to evolve as well,” hospital CEO Steve Wolfe said.

“If we are to remain the strong, independent community hospital our citizens have come to depend upon, we have to advance with the times.”

In November 1914, the Indiana hospital first opened its doors to the public as a 40-bed facility with 13 private rooms. Today, the facility sprawls across a 50-acre main campus, with 164 beds while serving nearly 250,000 patients a year. It has grown to be the second largest employer in Indiana County, with more than 1,300 employees.

The Centennial Building Project will include new operating rooms, new intensive care and post-acute care units and additional programs.

The project will renovate about 45,000 square feet of existing buildings and add another 40,000 square feet with new construction.

Funding will include existing funds, long-term financing and $5 million from the Centennial Capital Campaign.

Several major donors have already provided donations totaling $2 million to launch the campaign. They include First Commonwealth, the Kovalchick family, the Reschini Agency, Rosebud Mining Co. and S&T Bank.


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