OHC unveils new ICU, surgery unit

"I'm thrilled to work at such a great hospital," Ratnarajah said.

Ratnarajah said he has seen "big city" medicine, but there is no such thing as "bigger city, means better medicine."

"We are keeping up to date," Ratnarajah said. "There are few hospitals in Central New York that have more than one room with video integration."

The unit's upgrades include four rooms with the aforementioned technology. Ratnarajah said there is a "good community sense" at the hospital and that many people, both patients and staff, are familiar with each other. Although there might be the need for a tertiary hospital for care OHC does not have, Ratnarajah said there is more to be offered now without taking a drive to Syracuse or elsewhere to receive medical care.

OHC Auxiliary board member Ann Pierz announced the $500,000 pledge that the Healthcaring Campaign contributed tot eh continuation of the hospital's improvements.

"It's the first time in history of the foundation to make a significant pledge," Pierz said.

Contributors to the OHC development also include former Congressman, now Army Secretary, John McHugh and State Senator Valesky, who each secured funding for the Emergency Department and IT Center, respectively.

No that the first phase has been completed and unveiled to the public, phase two will soon commence. The second phase of the project will continue through most of next year and will involve renovation of the ambulatory surgery, patient registration and emergency departments, as well as an updated entrance and patient pick-up and drop-off area, as well as comfortable new patient and visitor waiting areas. Completion is projected for the fall of 2010.

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