SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital hosted an open house on Wednesday to show off three new operating rooms, a 16-bed post-anesthesia care unit, and pre- and post-operative care and visitor spaces.
The additions were part of a capital campaign the hospital launched five years ago to raise $8 million toward the project, which also included the Marylou Whitney and Desmond DelGiacco, MD, Intensive Care Unit.
The 19-bed facility, which debuted in May 2015, tripled the size of the ICU -- from 5,900 square feet to 20,000 square feet.
Nearly 2,200 donors supported the capital campaign, including 663 Saratoga Hospital employees, resulting in the largest employee donations in the history of the hospital.
"It's a testament to the culture here and to our hospital," said Amy Raimo, vice president of community engagement and executive director of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation. "It sends a strong message to the community about how much this hospital means to the employees."
The project cost a total of $32 million, and the remaining $24 million is being funded through bonds, Raimo said.
"The fundraising effort was a way to offset costs so the hospital could fund other priorities," she said.
Sharman Lisieski, director of pre-operative services, operating rooms and the post-anesthesia care unit, said the hospital outgrew the old space and was in need of new space.
"The largest of our old operating rooms was 440 square feet," she said. "We now have 600-square-foot operating rooms with plenty of space, so the nurses and surgeons aren't tripping over each other."
The new operating rooms and post-anesthesia care unit opened nearly two years ago.
The project boasted 54,000 square feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of renovated space.