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Backus Auxiliary pledges $250,000 to Plainfield ER

November 17, 2011

NORWICH – The Backus Auxiliary has pledged $250,000 toward the Backus Plainfield Emergency Care Center, which is currently under construction.

Yvette Jacaruso, President of the Backus Auxiliary, made the announcement of the donation, to be made over two years, on Wednesday.

“Once again, the Auxiliary and Backus are joining forces to promote health and welfare in the community,” she said. “I am so proud of this hospital.  This is a very special place, with very dedicated people.”

The $7-million satellite emergency department, scheduled to open summer 2012, will improve access to emergency services for residents of northern New London and southern Windham Counties. The facility — just south of exit 88 on Route 12 — will include 12 treatment rooms, a waiting area, triage areas, convenient care, laboratory services and radiology services. It will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified emergency physicians, nurses, laboratory and radiology technologists and others.

The state Office of Health Care Access approved the project because so many people in eastern Connecticut must travel more than 15 minutes to the nearest emergency.

room, and because of increasing patient visits to the Backus Emergency Department. The facility will serve northern New London County and southern Windham County, including the towns of Griswold, Lisbon, Voluntown, Plainfield, Canterbury, Sterling, Brooklyn and Killingly.

Backus Board Chairman Peter Disch said the Auxiliary has traditionally been among the major Backus fundraisers, including $600,000 for the last major expansion at Backus Hospital.

“Their gifts mean even more in this difficult economy,” said Disch. “Once again, the Backus Auxiliary has come through. Thank you for helping us provide the care that is needed, where it is needed.”

Backus President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Whitehead also praised the Auxiliary for its continued generosity to help provide the healthcare needs of the community.

“We are grateful for donors like the Backus Auxiliary,” Whitehead said. “Without them, we would not be able to sustain our continued efforts to ensure the future of healthcare delivery in eastern Connecticut.”