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On May 21, AstraZeneca President Rich Fante presented a million cornerstone gift for the renovation of Wilmington Hospital. High atop a parking garage overlooking the construction, Christiana Care Health System President and CEO Dr. Robert Laskowski was joined by Sen. Tom Carper, Gov. Jack Markell and others at the announcement ceremony.

“AstraZeneca is strongly committed to working with partners whose mission and interests align with our commitment to strengthening and improving the health of patients” Fanta said. “Wilmington Hospital is an outstanding facility and critical health resource in our community. AstraZeneca takes pride in helping it grow.”

Accepting the gift Dr. Laskowski said, “For more than a century, Christiana Care and our Wilmington facility have built a tradition of caring for our neighbors when they are ill and helping them maintain their health when they are well. With this gift, Wilmington is set to become a modern, leading-edge hospital offering a full range of best-in-care preventive and wellness services.
Dr. Laskowski thanked AstraZeneca for their leadership in supporting Christiana Care Health System’s commitment to accessible quality health care for all. “Together, we can ensure Delawareans receive the highest level of care and comfort across the broad spectrum of diverse medical needs for decades to come,” he said.
Gov. Jack Markell said, “This gift and the expansion of the hospital will bring jobs to the city while building on the hard work that’s already being done at the hospital for its patients and the area. It represents an investment in the city and an investment in the health and welfare of its citizens."
Sen. Tom Carper talked about the critical public-private partnership that Christiana Care, AstraZeneca and the City of Wilmington created, helping to transform the way health care is provided in the area.
“Our local leaders seized the chance to work together for accessible patient-focused care,” Sen. Carper said. “The tens of thousands of people who rely on Wilmington Hospital for everything from emergency medicine to joint replacement will benefit greatly from their commitment to better care in a better place to be cared for.”
The 0 million investment in Wilmington campus renovation continues our mission of building a healthy community for Wilmington and the surrounding region. The second-largest project in Christiana Care Health System’s history, creating more than 2,000 construction jobs, this transformational project will dramatically increase the hospital’s capacity. The Wilmington Hospital Campus will grow by 337,000 square feet, creating a 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical center. When completed in 2012, the expansion will include:

* An upgraded Emergency Department that will be twice its current size.
* A new surgical suite, including 13 operating rooms and four procedure rooms.
* Capacity for 120 private patient rooms.
* A new intensive-care unit.
* An upgraded, 30-bed unit for the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement.
* A nine-story, 286,000-square-foot tower.
* A 51,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical office building, allowing more physicians to practice on-site.
* A new main lobby entry repositioned on Jefferson Street with enclosed walkway to parking.
* A tranquil atrium and healing garden.

The hospital expansion, which began in 2009, demonstrates Christiana Care’s commitment to serving the residents of Wilmington and the surrounding area through a full range of wellness and health services to people of all ages.Astrazeneca

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