Hospital Foundation Gives $1.5M to ICU Expansion Project

Pictured holding the check, from left, are Rita Rohrbaugh, Andrea Mellinger, Dave Nicolarsen, Kevin Bailey, Mike McCafferty and Ada Kirven. (Leslie Stratmoen Photo)

A significant financial donation was presented to the Sheridan Memorial Hospital board of trustees Wednesday afternoon. The hospital foundation presented a check of $1.5 million for the expansion of the intensive care unit, during a regular monthly meeting.

The foundation’s Executive Director Ada Kirven presented the check. In doing so, she said the foundation had actively been collecting donations for the project for some time, since 2007, when their staff members showed a desire to support the concept with their employee partner gifts. Wednesday, she said, marked the first distribution toward the goal of raising $4.5 million toward what she described as “an extremely important addition” to Sheridan’s healthcare.

She said construction is about a month ahead of schedule, so expected to be done by fall. Plans include 11 private patient rooms, each with a bathroom and space for staff to provide the best care possible and family to be nearby. High tech equipment and diagnostic tools will also be supported, she said, with the addition of smart-room technology and bedside patient monitoring, all of which will enhance the patient’s electronic medical record.