Dosher marks 1st anniversary of new PCU

After opening to much fanfare last June, the Patient Care Unit marked its first year of operation with a media open house on June 21, 2016.

Over the past 12 months, the staff has treated 1,600 patients. These include injured or sick patients admitted through the Emergency Department, general surgery and orthopedic surgery patients admitted following scheduled procedures, and patients with a wide range of illnesses who were admitted by their private physicians.

Nine-point-five million dollars of the cost of the $12.5 million-project to build and equip the unit was funded by a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Speaking for the hospital were Raymond Schmoke, MD, one of the hospitalists on staff at Dosher; Lynn Lancaster, RN, a long-time nurse in the unit; and Ava McDonald, case manager, regarding Dosher's Swing Bed program for short-term, inpatient rehabilitation which was reinstated earlier this year.

Recent patient Regina Yingling, Southport, also was on hand and described the high-quality care she received at Dosher.

Their photos appear below.