Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA) has provided a major boost to the capital campaign for the new Springfield Regional Medical Center with a $500,000 commitment over the next five years.
The $250 million hospital project remains on budget and ahead of schedule for its projected opening of January 2012. The new facility is a 254-bed full-service hospital that is being built to serve Clark and Champaign counties for decades to come.
“Our new hospital will have a tremendous impact on the community, and we are grateful to Speedway for supporting that vision,” said Mark Wiener, president and CEO of Community Mercy Health Partners. “Speedway is an excellent example of a corporate citizen who steps forward in the role of a community partner.”
“Supporting Springfield’s new hospital serves two purposes. It enables us to live our values in a tangible way and also helps to ensure the sustainability of the communities we serve,” said Tony Kenney, president of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, which operates about 1,600 stores located in nine Midwest states.
The new Springfield Regional Medical Center features all private rooms that are 50% larger than current rooms. Other patient room features include a patient-controlled environment where patients can change room lighting and temperature, call a nurse and work a flat panel TV, from their bed. The rooms also feature a pull-out couch for family members, and there are no set visiting hours so patients can have the ongoing support of loved ones. In-Ceiling Patients Lifts are available in at least six rooms in every unit for nurse and patient safety, and anti-microbial paint and metal have been used to maintain a cleaner, more sterile environment.
The new hospital will include the most advanced medical technology and many other key features, such as an expanded emergency department with all-private exam rooms-no more cubicle curtains; an attractive three-story atrium with 46-feet high windows overlooking a healing garden; an expansive dining area with large windows and walk-out terrace with seating for about 50, and pediatric care in a six-bed observation/short stay area up to 72 hours.