For some, generosity knows no bound: they give and give and then give some
more. Then, when all is said and done, the world is a better place because
a gift was selflessly given in support of a project that touches many lives.
So it is with Esri, a Redlands-based global market leader in geographic
information system (GIS) software. The company recently provided a substantial
and transformational gift in support of Vital, Redlands Community Hospital’s
Emergency Department expansion and renovation project. With that gift
the long-awaited project moved considerably closer to becoming a reality.
“We’re thrilled,” said Bill Hatfield, co-chair for the
Vital capital campaign. “A project of this magnitude requires major
support from the community, and Esri’s gift is indeed significant.
Their giving touches us deeply, and as this project continues toward completion,
the community we serve with emergency care will be touched deeply as well.
This gift will enable us to ensure that cutting-edge emergency care will
be available to those who need it when they need it for generations to
Esri was founded in 1969 by Jack and Laura Dangermond, noted philanthropists.
For nearly half a century the company has helped customers unlock the
full potential of data in order to improve operational and business results.
In fact, Esri engineers develop some of the most advanced solutions for
digital transformation and location analytics to create the most authoritative
maps in the world. Esri software solutions are deployed in more than 350,000
organizations, including the world’s largest cities, most national
governments, three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies and more than 7,000
colleges and universities.
The Redlands Community Hospital Vital campaign began in January and since
then more than $5 million has been raised. With Esri’s gift, the
expanded Emergency Department will be named for the company whose founders
have generously supported their city of residence for many years. Esri’s
gift reflects the company’s and the Dangermond’s longstanding
commitment to make our community a better place.
At Redlands Community Hospital, the vision for an expanded Emergency Department
is unmistakably clear. Facing overcrowding, a need for updated technology
and the necessity to add treatment and other rooms, the hospital embarked
upon a bold project that enhances care, speeds workflow, maximizes patient
throughput and minimizes the bustle and inconvenience that characterize
many emergency departments. It’s an important undertaking and one
that will positively impact the generations of patients the hospital serves.
Planned improvements include:
• A modern emergency room environment with cutting-edge technology.
• Easy patient entry, fast admission and speedy triage.
• A dedicated walk-in entrance with increased parking separate from
our ambulance entrance.
• Doubling the department footprint to 20,000 square feet in a configuration
that will enable faster care for patients.
• Increasing bed capacity from 21 to 33 beds and annual treatment
capacity from 54,000 to 70,000 patients.
• Improved patient privacy.
“This project is long overdue” said Stan Weisser, a Vital co-chair.
“Through Laura and Jack, Esri once again plays a vital role in insuring
that our community continues to be a better place. Through their generosity,
the patients we serve know that nothing is more sacrosanct than life-saving
care. Esri clearly understands the great good that a state-of-the-art
emergency department can do. We're extremely grateful for their commitment