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Baptist Health Foundation Launches Capital Campaign

Aimed at Renovations to Baptist Health’s Flagship Campus

The Baptist Health Foundation launched a three-year fundraising campaign last month as part of an initiative aimed at much-needed renovations to Baptist Health’s (BH) flagship campus in Little Rock. Though the Little Rock facility was state-of-the-art in 1974, it is now 37 years old, showing its age in places and needs improvements to ensure the entire system remains competitive for future success. In addition to enabling BH to remain financially strong in a competitive market by making these renovations, employees, patients and their loved ones will see improved facilities for work environment and patient care. Donating to this campaign is a way you can help improve patient satisfaction.

Lobby Renovations to Lay Out the Welcome Mat ... a system of escalators will provide access to multiple locations in the lower levels of the hospital, enabling greater availability to key locations on the higher floors. In addition, this will make it easier to transport patients to and from the Women’s & Children’s area and to the newly-renovated dining area.

This entrance to the hospital will match the appearance of the remodeled waiting area for the emergency room at BHMC-LR, the atrium of the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center and the entrance to the J.A. Gilbreath Conference Center, all of which were funded by the Baptist Health Foundation.

Cafeteria Renovations for a Better Dining Experience … a fresh new look is on the menu. The dining area is more than a place to get a bite to eat. For visitors and employees, it’s a social area, a place to relax and a stress reliever. In short, patient rooms and surgical suites aren’t the only areas of healing on a hospital campus.

Nearly 4,000 people are served meals at BHMC-Little Rock every day, making it one of the busiest restaurants in Arkansas; because it serves such critical roles for so many people, it’s important to make the dining area as pleasant and inviting as possible.

The Foundation’s capital campaign will help transform the dining area into a hub of comfort with new furnishings, beautiful surroundings and other needed amenities.

Private Rooms Make More Satisfied Customers … today’s healthcare customer demands and expects a greater degree of comfort. To remain competitive in the future in a market where every other facility offers more private rooms, BHMC-LR must be able to provide a private room for each patient — a key patient-satisfaction issue.

Currently, all-private rooms are available only on the obstetrics floor, orthopedic and neurosurgery floor and two of the general medical/surgical units. The goal is to meet patient expectations in this day and age by offering this same level of privacy to all patients. Your contribution to the Foundation capital campaign will help make this goal a reality.

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Technology … today’s medical centers require tomorrow’s technology. With technology improving and expanding every year, the surgical suites at BHMC-LR require additional space and equipment compared to operating rooms in 1974 when the hospital was built. In recent years, BH has added more technology, such as the da Vinci robotic surgical system, the NanoKnife system, and the HeartMate left ventricular assist device, just to name a few.

Your contribution to the Foundation capital campaign will help create four types of surgical and treatment suites within the surgical technology center:

• General Surgical Suite –– a multi-purpose suite able to accommodate a number of crucial procedures, such as general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and more.

• Robotic Suite — a high-tech suite specifically-designed to support procedures performed with the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

• Endo Suite — designed exclusively for laparoscopic and minimally-invasive procedures, this surgical suite enables surgeons to adapt to evolving minimally-invasive techniques.

• Hybrid Suite –– a cutting-edge environment with built-in diagnostic capabilities, such as those utilized in the cardiac cath lab and radiology. This suite offers patients maximum care in a single location.

Your Gift is Critical to the Capital Campaign’s Success … these upgrades are about more than cosmetic changes. They are an effort to pair the very best talent and skills of employees with the very best tools and facilities. Your hand in making this happen is essential. Whatever you can give, your generosity is both critical and appreciated. Be a difference maker with your donation.

For more information, visit baptist-health.com/give or call the Foundation office at (501) 202-1839.

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