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From the Times Herald:
It’s the dazzling head turner that neither the original facility in Norristown nor the golf course it replaced ever were.And thousands of folks agree, voting Einstein Medical Center Montgomery the fifth “Most Beautiful Hospital in America” for 2013 in a survey sponsored by Soliant Health.Not a bad way to help celebrate Einstein Montgomery’s first-year anniversary, coming up on Sept. 29.“I thought we had a pretty good chance, since this is such a stunning environment,” said the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Beth Duffy. “We get tons of positive comments from people. The support from the community has just been tremendous.”Sitting in the massive lobby’s five-story atrium, flooded with the natural light of an autumn afternoon, Duffy marveled how the recently dedicated Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden, the park-like setting that completes the front entrance and is always open, seemed to be an “extension of the actual building, even though it is outside.”There is ample research to back up the long-held theory that nature can help facilitate a patient’s healing process, Duffy added.“I think given the design of this building and what we tried to do with the natural light, the Healing Garden is just a natural extension of what our design was. It wasn’t planned until the hospital was well under construction, but I think they did a beautiful job of creating an environment that is peaceful and calming. People just sit there and look at the plantings and look at the waterfall.”Since the hospital opened its doors at 559 W. Germantown Pike last fall, folks have taken to the hotel-like ambiance and privacy of the 146 rooms with wall-to-wall windows in a big way, Duffy allowed.“Our patient rooms are just stunning and it’s what we get complimented on the most by the people who use them. The fact that they’re all private is very popular, and that patients can have visitors at any time. And we also have accommodations for visitors to stay overnight.”With business at Einstein Montgomery exceeding expectations, plans are in the works to add another 24 beds on the fourth floor’s west side.“We have been at or above maximum capacity in our rooms on several days during the year. So, knowing we’re continuing to grow our services and programs, we’ll be at 170 beds in January,” Duffy noted. “We have the opportunity to build out on the west side and add another 12 beds if we choose to, but there are no plans at this point.”In contrast, the original Montgomery Hospital in Norristown was down to around 100 rooms, from a peak of 200 rooms, at the time of its closing in 2012, Duffy noted.‘Don’t change a thing’ was the unanimous consensus of a focus group when people were asked which areas needed improvement when the expansion project was proposed, Duffy recalled.“We asked them ‘what didn’t we do right when we did the initial build?’ Not one thing came to mind, which I think for a project of this magnitude, to not have people even say ‘well, the outlets aren’t in the right place,’ is very unusual.”Naturally, the new rooms will look exactly like the first 146, with all the amenities, down to the lustrous hardwood floors, room service and in-room diagnostics.“We try to bring as many services as we can to the patients’ rooms,” Duffy said. “So if you need a diagnostic test that is a portable test, like a chest x-ray, we’ll bring the x ray unit to your room. We won’t wheel you to x ray. If you need physical therapy, the therapy is brought to you. We had a vision of that level of customer service from the beginning and we continue to work on that.”The state-of-the-art Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building on the Einstein campus houses several programs and outpatient services, including ambulatory surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, antenatal testing, and physician offices with specialties in neurosurgery, pain management, orthopedics and bariatrics.In tandem with Einstein Montgomery’s first-year milestone comes the Einstein Healthcare Network’s largest fundraising effort in its history.The campaign seeks to raise $150 million by June 30, 2016, the 150th anniversary of Einstein’s founding.With 1,500 births in its first year, the Einstein Montgomery staff figured a festive way to celebrate year one of operation is to invite those babies and their families to a rain-or-shine outing at Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.Duffy, who will speak at 3 p.m., said it seemed like an ideal opportunity to tie in Einstein Montgomery’s partnership with the zoo.“The Elmwood Zoo is such a vital part of the community that we thought this was such a positive way to celebrate our first year.”