Montrose opens new hospital

By Perry Russom

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) It's been two years since Endless Mountain Health Systems broke ground on their new home in Montrose, and on Friday they cut the ribbon on the new hospital.

The $45 million project is just a few days away from welcoming their first patients.

"We had to find a way though it and we did," said Ray Wilmarth, chairman of EMHS.

Wilmarth said there were a number of obstacles on their way to opening their new health complex. The main issue being fundraising.

"I mean it very sincerely when I say that this was a community effort," said Wilmarth.

The US Department of Agriculture provided the initial push when they funded building the hospital by loaning $25 millions dollars.

"Not only are you getting state of the art medical services, but you're also getting a job generator that's going to generate some high paying jobs," said Tom Williams of the USDA.

While the hospital was taken care of, EMHS's outpatient clinic was still up in the air.

The Montrose community raised $1.2 million for the clinic.

Cabot Oil and Gas matched that gift after already giving a million dollars.

"Seeing where this money has gone and seeing how it's renovated the whole community with this health care facility is wonderful," said George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas.

The new 88,000 square-foot facility is four times bigger than the old building with 25 patient beds and 27 examining rooms. This means better privacy for patients.

"It'll be a lot more efficient for us as care takers and lot more efficient for our patients," said Joseph Speicher, president of EHMS' medical staff.

The last phase of construction will be an administrative wing connected to the side of the hospital. The wing hasn't been planned or financed yet.

Once it's built, the entire building will be a fully integrated hospital.

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