A new atrium entrance at O’Connor Hospital in Delhi was recently dedicated in honor of State Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, officials said Tuesday.
The entrance space, which is now enclosed by the atrium, will keep patients out of the elements, according to O’Connor’s chief executive officer, Daniel Ayres.
“There are many windows now and it’s a much better space, overall,” Ayres said.
Bonacic was in attendance at the May 21 dedication ceremony, where he and the Delaware National Bank were honored and thanked for their generosity to the hospital. The atrium was named in Bonacic’s honor, Ayres said.
“It was a wonderful event,” said Pete Hamilton, chairman of the O’Connor Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “We are so appreciative of the support from Senator Bonacic over the years, and we believe this was the appropriate way to honor him.”
Two plaques, separately honoring Bonacic and the Delaware National Bank, were hung in the atrium to publicly acknowledge their support and contributions, according to Amy Beveridge, manager of fund development and corporate compliance officer at O’Connor Hospital, part of Bassett Medical Center.
Ayres said the atrium is part of a larger renovation project, for which the hospital recently raised more than $2.5 million. The successful completion of this fund raising was another reason for the celebration, Ayres said. The money will go toward the expansion of primary care services in Delhi and Andes.
By doubling the size of the hospital’s existing Flint Building and adding a health care center in Andes, the number of practitioners able to serve patients will also double, Ayres said.
County and state-wide primary care shortages have largely been caused by a lack of space in which physicians can practice, he added.
“A limiting factor has always been the lack of space,” Ayres said. “With more space for physicians to practice in, Bassett can now recruit more of them.”