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OHC unveils new ICU, surgery unit

The Oneida Healthcare Center hosted a ribbon-cutting and unveiling ceremony 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 to thank volunteers and contributors for the completion of the latest addition of an Intensive Care Unit and surgery unit. Ground was broken in May 2008 when phase one of the $18 million project began.

Senator Dave Valesky attended to show support for the OHC medical improvements. The second floor of the nearly 18,000 square foot addition now houses four new state of the art operating rooms, which are nearly twice the size of the previous unit, to accommodate all of the latest technology, including integrated video and information technology systems.

Among those in attendance were representatives of

some of the organizations that have pledged major support for the project. Those include the Oneida Healthcare Foundation, The Gorman Foundation, Oneida Financial Corp., the Howard and Bess Chapman Charitable Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, Alliance Bank,

the Donald Hicks Dew Foundation, Tri-Valley Family Practice and others.

A new recovery PACU area and the new Intensive Care Unit features improved patient-family comfort and privacy. The first floor includes sterile processing and supply for the operating room's new Information Technology Center, medical staff suite, and Health Information Management Department.

Senator Valesky said it was not only important for the hospital to acquire new technology, but to continue the service and care OHC is known for giving tot eh community. There should not only be thanks to contributors and funding of the project, but for the "day to day difference that each person that works here [OHC] makes."

Because the hospital is community-oriented, the majority of today's ceremony surrounded giving appreciation tot eh "spirit and generosity of citizens."

Practicing internal medicine at OHC for 15 years, Dr. Daniel Ratnarajah said that today was a "historic day" for OHC like it would be at any hospital when major technological advancements are achieved. Because he has worked with the hospital for so long, he said he has seen the difference and how personal care has excelled.

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