Hospital Dedicates Cray Center for Patient Services

Atchison Hospital, Atchison Kansas
March 9th 2006
Contact Michele Malone 816 309 0984

Atchison Hospital Dedicates Cray Center for Patient Services

Atchison Hospital Board Chairman William R. Thornton acted as Master of Ceremonies today when the hospital rededicated its second floor south wing as the new Cray Center for Patient Services. In front of an audience that included members of the Cray family, community leaders and hospital senior management, a highlight of the dedication was the unveiling of a fully restored original oil portrait of Cloud Cray Senior.

The wing formerly housed a 32 bed nursing home, Cray Manor, for over four decades. Cray Manor was originally the vision of Atchison philanthropist and business leader Cloud C. Cray, and filled an unmet need in Atchison at the time of its inception. When the hospital Board closed Cray Manor in 2005, it was in response to the changing needs of the community as well as changing times in healthcare.

"We now have several excellent long term care facilities in our community", said CEO John Jacobson, "but only one community hospital. The Cray Center allows us to better focus on serving the healthcare needs our community has today."

The entire wing has been renovated and updated to house a diverse range of patient care services, including:

A new Outpatient Treatment area for IV Therapy and Blood Transfusions
Home Health and Hospice Care
Social Services
Pastoral Care
Business Health Services, including physical exam rooms and space for vision, hearing and strength testing
Care Management
The Center for Continuing Education and Clinical Competency

In addition, the Cray Center for Patient Services will be home to offices for Information Technology as well as two new, multi-purpose conference rooms.

"The re-dedication of this wing as the Cray Center for Patient Services is a tribute to the legacy of service to our hospital by the Cray Family", says Board Chair Thornton. "Both Cloud Cray Sr. and Cloud (Bud) Cray Jr. have given selflessly of their time and talents to our hospital, through their many years of Board service. As well, the entire Cray family have been champions for our hospital over the years and their dedication to helping improve the quality of life for everyone in Atchison represents the soul of our mission. Our hope is that every person who comes here for care in the future, as well as those who work here to provide that care, will continue to be inspired by the vision of Cloud Cray and the many ways the Cray Family gives back to our community."

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