By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Moorman Pavilion is the name of the new patient care addition at Blessing Hospital.
The $70.4 million project, scheduled for completion and to be ready for occupancy be early 2015, will be named in honor of the role played by the Moorman Manufacturing Co. and the CFM Foundation in the history of Blessing and the community. Ground was broken for the project in 2012.
"For many years, the Moorman family was a major contributor to the vitality and well-being of the city of Quincy and Adams County as an employer and a civic leader," Maureen Kahn, president and chief executive officer of Blessing Hospital, said in a press release. "The name of the patient care addition at Blessing Hospital will provide lasting and visible recognition of the Moorman legacy of leadership."
The Moorman Pavilion is a 177,044-square-foot patient tower being constructed in what was once a parking lot bounded on the north by Oak Street. In addition, 5,537 square feet of Blessing's existing 11th Street campus is being renovated.
When opened, Moorman Pavilion will provide 52 new single-bed rooms and allow an additional 52 existing rooms to become single-bed rooms. Single-bed hospital rooms decrease risk of infection and increase patient privacy. Because the existing rooms will go from two beds to one, the project will not add to the total number of beds Blessing Hospital is licensed to operate.
Additionally, the space provided by Moorman Pavilion will allow Blessing to locate all inpatient care to its 11th Street campus with the relocation of the Blessing Behavioral Center from the 14th Street campus. Hospital officials say the plan will increase efficiency of care and decrease operating costs.
The ground level and first floor of Moorman Pavilion will house the three Blessing Behavioral Center inpatient units. The second and third floors will have 52 private rooms. The fourth floor of the addition will be available for future expansion.
The main entrance to the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing will be relocated as part of the addition.
Blessing Hospital is using $33 million in cash and routine capital investment to pay for the building. The rest of the funds are covered through a combination of borrowing and fundraising.
The prospering Moorman Manufacturing business led C.A. Moorman -- son of founder Thomas Robinson (T.R.) Moorman -- and his wife, Fabiola Cassidy Moorman to establish a foundation in 1942 that gave them an outlet to channel their philanthropic activities.
Although C.A. Moorman passed away in 1948, his wife remained involved in the operations of the foundation – known by then as the CFM Foundation -- until the time of her death in 1977.
According to articles in The Herald-Whig at the time of her death, "Mrs. Moorman devoted most of her life to the welfare of the Moorman Manufacturing Company and the betterment of the community." One of her larger charitable interests was Blessing Hospital.
"Throughout the years, the CFM Foundation has provided Blessing with millions of dollars to support nursing education, capital equipment needs and facilities," Kahn said.
The foundation first supported an addition to Blessing Hospital in 1952, which raised the hospital's capacity to 175 beds. In 1967, the foundation and the Moorman Company Fund jointly pledged a significant amount toward the construction of the "New Blessing Hospital," which is the facility where inpatient care is currently provided.
Another Moorman gift was made in 2003 toward the construction of the Cancer Center, with the new patient care addition becoming the fourth Blessing Hospital expansion to receive support from the Moorman family.
In addition to financial support, a significant number of volunteers with Moorman connections have had a lasting impact on Blessing. Those include company executives who served as trustees on various Blessing boards over the years, including Dean Thomas, Theodore Bean, H.C. (Bo) Eaton, Thomas Shade, Robert Hulsen, Richard Liebig and Michael Foster.
"The leadership talent and capabilities of Moorman executives helped shape the health care delivery and health care education that are a part of the quality of life this region enjoys today," Kahn concluded.
The Moorman Manufacturing Company was purchased by ADM in 1997. The CFM Foundation continues to provide and by the many former company employees who continue to live and give in the community.
Blessing is Quincy's largest employer with about 2,200 employees.