April 11, 2024

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Announces Emergency Department Campaign and $1M Challenge

April 11, 2024

Cooley Dickinson Hospital has announced Transforming Emergency Care: Campaign for Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department, a fundraising effort to help offset the cost of a $26 million upgrade to the hospital’s emergency department.

Cooley ED construction progress as of April 2024The campaign goes public just as the renovation has begun. Exterior work is already visible, with cranes raising steel beams and new, larger ambulance bays beginning to take shape.  The project will see the emergency department increase its size by 40%, with the addition of nine new patient rooms, four mental health care beds, a family waiting area, and an in-unit CT scanning machine for more timely access to diagnostic imaging.

Dr. RF Conway, chair of the campaign, has been associated with Cooley’s emergency department since 1980, serving as its medical director from 1982-2016, and as its founding chief of emergency medicine in 1984. “I’ve watched the Emergency Department grow over the past 40 years,” said Dr. Conway. “We’ve had several renovations and each time we accomplished pieces of our goals. But now, we are undergoing a complete renovation that will transform Cooley Dickinson into an ideal setting for emergency medicine.”

The campaign is being boosted by a challenge from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, which will match each cash gift made before August 31 by 50%, up to $1 million. To meet this challenge, the hospital must raise an additional $2 million from donors. “This is an incredibly generous challenge by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation that we hope will inspire people in our community to step forward and give to help us achieve our goal,” said Diane Dukette, chief development officer for Cooley Dickinson.

“Our community has generously supported this campaign with nearly $9 million to date,” she added. “Every dollar raised will stay right here at Cooley, helping create an exceptional new space for us to provide high quality emergency care from doctors and nurses our patients trust.”’

The campaign will continue through the duration of construction, into Fall 2025. To learn more about the campaign, and how you can help by making a gift, click here or call 413-582-(GIVE) 4483.

Artistic rendering of renovated emergency room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
A rendering of the new Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department Entrance.
Rendering of new Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department Waiting Room by isgenuity
A rendering of the new Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department waiting room.