Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Mary's Receives $476,000 in Federal Funds for CT Scanner for Sun Prairie Facility (Press Release)

St. Mary's Hospital today thanked Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) for securing $476,000 in federal funds for the St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center under construction in Sun Prairie. The funds, requested by Baldwin and Kohl, were included in the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act signed into law March 11, 2009, by the President. The funds will be used to help purchase a CT scanner for the new facility which will enable doctors to determine the best course of treatment quickly.

"This is a great example of our government leaders identifying a need in their districts, advocating for funding in Washington and using those federal funds to directly benefit people in our local communities in a very positive way." said St. Mary's President, Dr. Frank Byrne.

The Emergency Center, set to open in July, is a department of St. Mary's Hospital, Madison. It will be a full service emergency center open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year featuring 10 treatment rooms--including one specifically for children, a lab with the latest equipment to expedite diagnoses, and state-of-the-art radiology equipment. All in all, it will be 13,500 s.f. of prompt and personal emergency care.

"The Emergency Center will bring life-saving treatment and peace of minde to people in and around Sun Prairie who need emergency care," said Congresswoman Baldwin. I'm pleased to bring these federal funds to help construct such an essential medical facility. This type of federal/local partnership is vitally important to our families and communities, especially in such difficult economic times," Baldwin said.

"Sun Prairie is a vibrant community with needs that continue to grow," said Sun Prairie Mayor Joe Chase. "We're pleased to have the St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center located in our City and thankful our local politicians are willing to make a case in Washington to ensure our health care needs are met."

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