In case you ever hear someone ask, "Windber?," we've complied a short list of attributes that have become part of our landscape over the past decade. Windber's ascendancy to the top tier of national hospitals and research centers this size and scope has been an amazing journey. With nearly 600 employees and a payroll of more than $21 Million, not acknowledging our Healing Hillside has become more and more difficult for even those oblivious narcissists who have ignored us for 100 years.
We are closing in on $3 M of successful fund raising activities being lead by Attorney Timothy Leventry and our Foundation office. These funds will be used for a new Emergency and expanded OB departments, and we are thrilled to report that the two highest operational income producing fiscal years in the hospital's 100+ year history are now "in the bag." These funds have enabled us to begin a massive installation of an entirely new computer system. The research institute also has nearly $20 M in the pipeline for significant research projects over the next two years with $10 M more pending for the third year.
With the announcement of the breast coil on our 3T MRI, WMC continues our bent of embracing innovative hospital care and treatment. As one of the first hospitals in the nation to adapt the patient-centered Planetree philosophy which pays particular attention to the environment in which patients pursue wellness, we now have clinical partners like the Cleveland Clinic along with us on this journey. The decision to promote the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Heart Disease Reversal started us on our track to integrative medicine which uniquely places us internationally. Reiki, drum circles, labyrinths, pet, aroma, music, and massage therapy, accupuncture and energy medicine are just a few of the modalities offered here at Windber.
The research made possible by the opening of the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, one of the most innovative facilities of its kind in the United States, just adds further evidence of Windber’s uniqueness, and leadership there has literally opened the doors to numerous programs for woman's health that will further establish our commitment to this segment of our population.
We have successfully rallied important legislative support for far reaching projects here in cooperation with local, regional, state and national government through co-operation and support from Congressman John Murtha, Governor Ed Rendell and other public leaders. With the infusion of public contributions these include but are not limited to the a state-of-the-art HealthStyles Wellness Center, numerous research initiatives, the breast center and WindberPlace.
WMC has received top awards for excellence from AARP, numerous Planetree and Telly awards, was the first institution to win the coveted Fierce Healthcare Award for Hospital Innovation, and has been recognized by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and numerous other media leaders.
If that's not enough . . . our HCHAPS scores were in the top 10% of the country, infection rates among the lowest, at 1%, readmission rates are low, lengths of stay are below average, and employee turnover is some of the lowest in the business. People like us because we like people.