AstraZeneca continuously seeks opportunities to improve health in our local communities, including through its support of partners and programs that make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. On Tuesday, July 22, Christiana Care Health System dedicated its new atrium at Wilmington Hospital to AstraZeneca during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, in a show of appreciation for the company’s $1 million contribution to support the Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project, designed to advance patient and family centered care.
At the event, Christiana Care Health System unveiled a plaque, which will be displayed in the atrium and serves to commemorate AstraZeneca and Christiana Care’s shared commitment to improving patient health. Joining in the celebration with Christiana Care and AstraZeneca executives and employees were government officials, including Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and other community and business leaders.
“AstraZeneca is dedicated to building strong, healthy communities across the state of Delaware and nationwide,” said Paul Hudson, president, AstraZeneca U.S. and executive vice president, North America. “Christiana Care shares in this commitment, and we’re pleased to support the expansion of its outstanding hospital system, which supports a patient-centered culture and delivers critical health resources to our community every day.”
The skylit atrium, complete with a waterfall fountain set amid lush indoor garden beds, serves as a new main entryway for Christiana Care patients, family and employees. It provides patients and their families with easy access to the new Wilmington Hospital Health Center, a full-service health care provider offering wellness and preventive health care visits for patients of all ages, as well as the Gateway Building, a 51,000-square-foot medical office building that allows doctors to practice onsite. Both the Wilmington Hospital Health Center and the Gateway Building will open this fall. The atrium also connects to Wilmington Hospital’s new outdoor Healing Garden and the First State School, one of only three hospital-based schools in the nation for students with serious illnesses.
The Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project, which includes a number of other improvements – from a new main lobby and intensive care unit, to an expanded emergency department and more – is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
“We are thankful to philanthropic partners like AstraZeneca for helping us transform the Wilmington Hospital campus so we can serve our neighbors in Wilmington and the surrounding region,” said Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, president and CEO, Christiana Care. “AstraZeneca’s generous investment enables us to provide more access to care and greater value for our patients.”