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Baxter Health Celebrates Grand Opening of Remodeled 5 South Nursing Unit

Baxter Health Celebrates Grand Opening of Remodeled 5 South Nursing Unit

Today, Baxter Health celebrated the grand opening of the newly remodeled Baxter Health Auxiliary 5 South Surgical Services nursing unit at an open house attended by hospital leadership, local dignitaries and Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation donors. The patient-centric remodel included the addition of 6 new patient rooms and an expanded waiting room.

5 South Surgical Services is a nursing unit serving inpatients under the care of various medical specialties including orthopaedic, neurosurgery, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology (ENT), and plastic surgery. As a result of the remodel, the unit now includes 32 patient rooms. Aesthetic changes were also made to the unit that will enhance the experience of patients and families, as Baxter Health continues to provide compassionate care.

“The Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation is excited about the newly remodeled unit and believes that it will help Baxter Health provide the best experience for patients and families. We are thankful for the generous gifts and continuous outpouring of support from the community that has helped make this remodel a possibility,” said Barney Larry, VP/Business Development and Executive Director, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation.

The remodel is a result of the 5 South Surgical Services Capital Campaign that the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation proposed to the community in July 2021. The campaign raised a total of $1.7 million for the remodel, through $25,000 gifts, pledged over 5 years, to renovate patient rooms and an $825,000 naming gift from Baxter Health Auxiliary. More than half of the funds raised in the campaign have already been gifted to Baxter Health, with the presentation of a $1 million check at the Foundation's Donor Banquet in May.

“This campaign was a true testament to the generosity of the community. Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation approached the community with a need and was given a tremendous amount of support in return. We are thankful for the generous donors whose gifts helped facilitate the completion of this project,” said Sarah Edwards, VP/Major Gifts, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation.

The remodel of 5 South will allow Baxter Health to continue to champion access to compassionate high-quality care by remaining independent, strategically comprehensive, and community-focused.