Elizabethtown hospital adds community relations staff

ELIZABETHTOWN - Elizabethtown Community Hospital has announced the appointment of Jane Hooper as director of community relations.

The director of community relations is responsible for the hospital's marketing efforts, along with media relations, coordinating the volunteer program, working closely with the hospital auxiliary, fundraising and special event planning.

"This is an exciting time to join the hospital," stated Hooper. "The recent expansion is a tremendous asset to our area. The hospital has added a variety of services, along with state-of-the-art equipment in recent years; I'm thrilled to be able to share this information with our local community."

Originally from Elizabethtown, Hooper attended Brock University in Ontario, Canada. She has experience in marketing and public relations.

According to Rod Boula, hospital administrator and CEO, the hospital is pleased to have Hooper on staff.

"Now that the hospital's construction process is complete, Jane's marketing and public relations experience will allow the hospital to effectively deliver its message to the region", he stated. "Much of the hospital's equipment has been upgraded in recent years, allowing for enhanced patient care. Digital mammograms, a new unit for bone density testing, telemedicine capabilities and expansion of our dialysis room showcase a few of the hospital's capabilities. Soon, the hospital will be offering MRIs and chemotherapy services. The hospital needs to ensure that the community knows it can get these services close to home."

Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital primarily serving communities that are home to over 30,000 full-time residents, along with thousands of tourists and seasonal residents.

In 2008, it treated 730 inpatients and over 4,600 emergency room patients. ECH has a network of primary health care clinics in Elizabethtown, Wilmington and Westport, and also houses a Veterans Clinic. The hospital maintains a 24-hour emergency room and a large variety of specialty clinics staffed by board certified physicians. The hospital has 185 employees.

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