Somerville donates $75K to Bellin Health ED remodel project


GREEN BAY — The Bellin Foundation recently received on behalf of Bellin Health a $75,000 donation from Somerville, Inc. Architects and Engineers. The donation will benefit Bellin’s emergency department remodel project.

“This generous gift from Somerville is a much-appreciated gesture and illustrates Somerville’s commitment to making a difference in the health and overall well-being of the greater Green Bay community,” said Michael Frohna, president, The Bellin Foundation. “We sincerely thank them and applaud them for supporting our vision of improving the health of all those who engage with us and helping such people experience greater lifelong health.”

Matthew Schachtner, vice president and senior project architect at Somerville, said his company welcomed the opportunity to support the remodel project.

“It’s a really great feeling to support something that benefits the community as a whole,” he said. “Having the opportunity to make a positive, long-term impact on the overall health of our local community was really important for us at Somerville, and Bellin Health is a fitting partner as evidenced by its impressive track record of providing excellent, high-quality care.”

The $13 million, 32,500-square-foot project to remodel Bellin’s emergency services facility and create a first-class, modernized emergency services pavilion will provide Bellin with more room to ensure better flow and access for patients. It’s also a necessary undertaking to help Bellin maintain its tradition of delivering high-quality, affordable care to the estimated 30,000 emergency department patients it sees annually.

The project is scheduled for completion by May 2010. The section of the hospital that currently houses Bellin’s emergency care facility was built in 1953.

The new patient entrance to the emergency services pavilion will directly face Van Buren Street. Planned features for the pavilion include:
· Sixteen individual, standardized patient rooms
· Separate KidCare – pediatric emergency care – and observation areas
· Diagnostic suite, including X-ray and CAT scan
· Three enlarged ambulance bays offering easier access for emergency vehicles
· Family lounge and counseling area
· Emergency medical services personnel lounge
· Central nurse’s station with increased visibility of patient rooms
· State-of-the-art decontamination unit