News & Events

Backus Auxiliary gives $125K to Plainfield Emergency Department

May 9, 2012

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital Auxiliary donated its first installment of $125,000 to the Community Campaign for the Backus Plainfield Emergency Care Center at its annual membership tea yesterday.   The Auxiliary pledged the lead gift in the campaign, committing to give $250,000 to the Plainfield Emergency Department over a two-year period.

“We are so grateful for the Auxiliary’s generous support,” said Robert Sidman, MD, Chief of Emergency Services at Backus Hospital.  “The Plainfield Backus Emergency Care Center is a remarkable facility, it will be as robust as any other emergency department in the state.”

Dave Whitehead, Backus President and Chief Executive Officer also thanked the Auxiliary for their outstanding support.

“Our auxiliary differentiates itself from other auxiliaries around the state,” Mr. Whitehead said. “They’re helping to bring emergency medicine closer to home and close a gap in healthcare for residents of Plainfield and surrounding communities.”

The Plainfield Backus Emergency Department, scheduled to open July 9, is a 13,000- square-foot facility and will provide 24/7 emergency care to Plainfield and the surrounding communities.

In addition to the  12 treatment rooms, triage area and  convenient care, it will also have a Laboratory for blood tests and Diagnostic Imaging Center offering mammography, ultrasound, CT-Scan, X-ray and bone density scans.

The center will employ board-certified emergency physicians, nurses, laboratory and radiology technologists, among other professionals.