At 7:00 a.m. on July 31, the new Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s emergency room will open its doors for the first time. Throughout that day, each current patient of Jamestown Hospital will be transported by ambulance, one by one, to the spacious new facility.
The hospital’s website, www.jamestownhospital.com, gives an overview of why a new hospital is needed in the area:
“The current facility does not meet the demands of today’s health care. It was designed in 1928 and after a delay caused by the depression, opened in 1935. At that time few people in the US knew about x-rays or that one day there would be CT Scans, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, digital mammography or any of the other commonly used diagnostic tools of today. The focus at the time of design was on in-patients. Due to improved procedures and technology, 70% of the care today is for out-patients.”
Basin Electric was one of the donors for the construction. “Health care affects everyone, and Basin Electric is committed to supporting health and human services through its charitable giving program. Having a strong, updated health care facility is important to this region so our members can have access to expert care. We’re proud to be partnering with our member cooperatives for this valuable community asset,” says Emily McKay, Basin Electric’s charitable giving coordinator.
McKay received a tour of the new hospital. Take a look at the video, which includes an interview with Bill Kennedy, the hospital’s marketing director.