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Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, the philanthropic arm of Nemours, has announced a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to support a family-centered environment in the hospital’s new emergency department, set to open in 2014 as part of a major facility expansion.
The grant is part of a $849,000 philanthropic investment in Delaware by Bank of America that includes initiatives to build and rehab affordable housing, offer foreclosure prevention services and homeowner counseling, and provide economic opportunity intended to invigorate and rejuvenate neighborhoods.
The hospital’s emergency department had more than 52,000 visits in 2012, a number which is growing at about five percent annually. “Our current facility was built in the 1980s and designed to serve about 20,000 children a year,” said John Loiselle, MD, Director of Emergency Services. “The new department will increase in size from 29 to 44 beds and be designed for efficiency and rapid decision-making, as well as patient comfort and privacy.”
Funding from Bank of America will help to create a family-friendly environment in emergency, with comfortable waiting areas, interactive features for children and a welcoming atmosphere.
“We are grateful for this generous support from Bank of America, which builds on previous support for the hospital’s expansion. It will increase our ability to provide a family-centered emergency department that is equipped to meet the needs of our community,” said Lori J. Counts, Managing Director of the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health.