New Castle News

March 25, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: Jameson welcomes public to new wing

Dan Irwin
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — They seemed to be having a good time.

No doubt, though, most of them hoped they’d never be back.

After all, impressive as it may be, Jameson Hospital’s new $22 million, 55,000-square-foot emergency/surgical wing is not something most folks would look forward to having to use. Still, should that occasion arise, Saturday’s visitors surely will know they’re in good hands.

Jameson employees were to spend the rest of the weekend moving the final necessary equipment from the old emergency and operating rooms into the new wing, which then was scheduled to see its first patients this morning.

Saturday’s open house, though, wasn’t just to introduce the public to the facility. It was also to thank them for their support of the project and to create tangible reminders of that fact. Shirts and plastic construction helmets available to visitors both bore the slogan “My New JHS” as a reminder of the community’s connection to the project.

The work of local artists already is a permanent fixture in upper level of the The Hoyt Foundation Atrium, a two-story glass walkway connecting the new wing to the older part of the hospital.

One of the first stops on behind-the-scenes tours offered throughout the morning and early afternoon was the Healing Hands impression studio. Visitors could press a hand into a square of clay, which will be hardened into a tile and used as part of a mosaic on the lower level of the atrium.

The activity was such a hit that the initial 90 squares sold out quickly, and the hospital created a sign-up list for those willing to return.

“The theme is ‘We had a hand in it,’ explained Cyndee Adamo, Jameson volunteer coordinator. “This is a way to show that the community literally had a hand in all this.”

Visitors could also assemble a community mosaic, and youngsters could cut out a tracing of their hands, decorate it and have it put on a Hand Tree.

Jack Mays, 6, sporting a chic fedora and tie, even got to try out the ER’s new Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner, a piece of equipment that nursing student Cassie Dettore explained was the first of its kind in western Pennsylvania and one of the first in the nation.

“I like it,” Jack grinned after getting of the table that slid him into the hole of what looks like a giant doughnut.

Perhaps the day was best summed up by Jameson’s Kimberly Nocera, who gave visitors a glimpse and explanation of the post-anesthesia care unit.

“Thank you for touring your department,” she said, “because it belongs to all of you.”

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)